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The Group Legal Services Insurance Plan (Plan) is a voluntary insurance plan that is available to eligible state employees. It is an important part of the state's benefits package because it connects you with network attorneys and other legal resources to help you resolve life's legal issues.
Managing legal matters can be very confusing, time-consuming and costly, especially when you consider that attorney fees in the U.S. average $368* per hour. As an employee with the state's Plan, you can face your problems with more confidence using the resources and services available to you.
Active state employees appointed to a permanent or probationary position with a time base of half-time or more with one of the following designations are eligible to enroll:
Permanent-intermittent (PI) employees must be credited with a minimum of 480 paid hours in the January–June or July–December control period to be eligible to enroll or 960 paid hours in two consecutive control periods to continue eligibility. Limited-term or temporary employees must have an appointment with a duration of more than six months and a time-base of half-time or more to be eligible to enroll.
You have 60 days from the effective date of your eligibility to enroll.
The effective date of coverage will begin on the first day of the month following the first premium deduction.
Eligible state employees can enroll online by visiting ARAGlegal.com/socinfo and selecting the “View Plans" and “Enroll Now" tabs to enroll.
To enroll by phone, please contact ARAG Customer Care:
Monday-Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time Toll-free (866) 762-0972 TTY (800) 383-4184 (or 711 to reach a relay operator)
To enroll by mail or fax, complete the Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200849) [SE1] and mail or fax it to ARAG Insurance. Please retain a copy for your records.
Mail or fax completed forms to ARAG Insurance at:
ARAG Insurance Company 500 Grand Avenue Suite 100 De Moines, IA 50309-9958 Fax: (515) 246-8816
For more information, please contact Grouplegal@calhr.ca.gov
Cal Expo, Fair, and LAO Employees
If you are an employee of California Exposition & State Fairs (Cal Expo), California Fairs Services Authority (Cal Fairs) or the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), you can enroll by completing the Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200849) and returning the form to your department's personnel office for processing.
Permanent-Intermittent, Limited-Term, and Temporary Employees
If you are a permanent-intermittent, limited-term, or temporary employee, you can enroll by completing the Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200849) and returning the form to your department's personnel office for processing.
Open Enrollment for the Plan is traditionally held annually during the fall.
During Open Enrollment, eligible employees can enroll in the Plan and current participants can change their Plan coverage and add or delete eligible dependents. If you are currently enrolled in the Plan you do not need to re-enroll, as coverage continues automatically.
Employees can enroll online, by phone, or by faxing or mailing an enrollment form to ARAG Insurance . If mailed, the form must be postmarked on or before close of Open Enrollment.
Open Enrollment transactions will have a January 1 effective date with premiums processed from the December pay warrant.
You may cancel your plan during Open Enrollment by logging onto ARAGlegal.com/SOCinfo.
To cancel your plan outside of Open Enrollment you can call ARAG or submit a Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200849) to ARAG via mail or fax.
To cancel by phone, please contact ARAG Customer Care:
To cancel by mail or fax, complete the Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200849) and mail or fax it to ARAG Insurance. Please retain a copy for your records.
For more information, please contact your department's personnel office.
Cal Expo, Fair and LAO Employees
If you are an employee of California Exposition & State Fairs (Cal Expo), California Fairs Services Authority (Cal Fairs) or the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), you must complete a new Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200849), check the “cancel box", and return the form to your department's personnel office for processing.
Permanent-Intermittent, Limited-Term and Temporary Employees
If you are a permanent-intermittent, limited-term, or temporary authorization employee, you must complete a new Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200849) , check the “cancel box", and return the form to your department's personnel office for processing.
If you wish to continue the Group Legal Services Insurance Plan into retirement, you must complete the Retiree Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200686) within 60 days of retirement to avoid a break in coverage.
For more information please visit the CalHR Retiree Group Legal Services Insurance Plan webpage.
If you have a permitting event (e.g., divorce, marriage, child losing eligibility due to age or marriage, adding or deleting a spouse or child, primary member leaves state service, or a new Domestic Partner Certification), you must submit an enrollment form to ARAG Insurance within 60 days of the event to change your coverage level.
It is the employee's responsibility to inform ARAG Insurance of changes with your dependents or divorces.
The state has a Mandatory Deletion when an eligible dependent child marries or reaches age 26 (whichever is sooner) as they are no longer eligible for coverage under the insured employee's plan. The employee must complete a new enrollment form if they wish to change to individual coverage when the dependent child loses eligibility.
For legal separations, a deletion of the spouse cannot be done in anticipation of a pending or active divorce action or pending final divorce settlement. When the divorce is finalized, the employee must complete a new enrollment form to change their coverage to individual unless you have eligible dependent children on the Plan.
Enrolled employees who fail to initiate a mandatory deletion within 60 days of the permitting event date will not be reimbursed for the overpayment of premium nor will the carrier provide coverage for family members who no longer meet the eligibility requirement for dependents.
The Group Legal Services Insurance Plan is a voluntary, employee-paid plan that provides comprehensive legal coverage. It is designed to meet the most common personal legal needs of an individual and their family.
Once you have enrolled in the Plan:
The Plan pays 100% of network attorney fees for most covered matters, including coverage for in-office advice, representation and consultation.
The Plan's covered services include, but are not limited to:
The Plan also includes Identity Theft Protection, which encompasses the following services:
The Plan also provides a convenient toll-free number (866) 762-0972 that provides access to a telephone network attorney for legal advice on most personal legal issues (no limitation imposed on number of calls or length of calls). These attorneys can also assist with preparing and reviewing a simple will and other personal legal documents.
Note: Telephone consultation cannot be used for legal matters that are specifically excluded from the Plan (e.g., the employee could not use the Plan for phone consultation regarding a grievance he/she had filed against the state). Telephone consultation service is available Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time.
For matters that are not specifically excluded, the Plan provides four hours annually that can be used for advice or preventive in-office services.
There are certain legal services that are specifically excluded from coverage in the Plan. Some of these services are as follows:
The monthly premium is $10.19 for individual coverage and $17.74 for family coverage which covers you, your spouse or registered domestic partner, and any eligible dependent children.
Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200849) [RP2]
Retiree Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Enrollment Authorization (Form 200686) [RP3]
ARAG Insurance Company 500 Grand Avenue Suite 100 Des Moines, IA 50309-9958
ARAG Customer Service:
Website: ARAGlegal.co m/SOCinfo
*"The Survey of Law Firm Economics: 2018 Edition." The National Law Journal and ALM Legal Intelligence, October 2018.
**The Identity Theft insurance is underwritten by American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida, an Assurant company. Please refer to the actual policies for terms, conditions, and exclusions of coverage. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions. Please see the plan summary document for details.
Limitations and exclusions apply. Depending upon a state's regulations, ARAG's legal insurance plan may be considered an insurance product or a service product. Insurance products are underwritten by ARAG Insurance Company of Des Moines, Iowa, GuideOne® Mutual Insurance Company of West Des Moines, Iowa or GuideOne Specialty Mutual Insurance Company of West Des Moines, Iowa. Service products are provided by ARAG Services, LLC. This material is for illustrative purposes only and is not a contract. For terms, benefits or exclusions, call (866) 762-0972.