U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: May 31, 2023
§ 870.1001 - Purpose.
This subpart sets forth the conditions for life insurance coverage according to the provisions of section 599C of Pub. L. 101–513 (104 Stat. 2035).
§ 870.1002 - Definitions.
In this subpart:
Hostage and hostage status have the meaning set forth in section 599C of Pub. L. 101–513 (104 Stat. 2035).
Pay period for individuals insured under this subpart means the pay period set by the U.S. Department of State.
Period of eligibility means the period beginning on the effective date set forth in § 870.1004 and ending 12 months after hostage status ends for hostages in Iraq and Kuwait and 60 months after hostage status ends for hostages captured in Lebanon.
§ 870.1003 - Coverage and amount of insurance.
(a) An individual is covered under this subpart when the U.S. Department of State determines that the individual is eligible under section 599C of Pub. L. 101–513 (104 Stat. 2035).
(b)(1) The amount of Basic life insurance for these individuals is the amount specified in § 870.202, subject to the applicable conditions stated in this subpart.
(2) The BIA under § 870.202 is the amount of the payment specified in section 599C(b)(2) of Pub. L. 101–513 (104 Stat. 2035), rounded to the next higher $1,000, plus $2,000.
(c) Individuals who have Basic insurance under this section also have group accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
(d) Individuals insured by this subpart are not eligible for Optional insurance.
(e) Individuals insured by this subpart are not considered employees for the purpose of this part.
(f) Eligibility for insurance under this subpart depends on the availability of funds under section 599C(e) of Pub. L. 101–513 (104 Stat. 2035).
§ 870.1004 - Effective date of insurance.
Insurance under this subpart was effective on August 2, 1990, for hostages in Iraq and Kuwait and on June 1, 1982, for hostages captured in Lebanon, unless the U.S. Department of State sets a later date.
§ 870.1005 - Premiums.
(a) Government contributions and employee withholdings required under subpart D of this part are paid from the funds provided under section 599C(e) of Pub. L. 101–513 (104 Stat. 2035).
(b) If an individual isn't insured for the full pay period, premiums are paid only for the days he/she is actually insured. The daily premium is the monthly premium multiplied by 12 and divided by 365.
(c) OPM may accept the payments required by this section in advance from a State Department appropriation, if necessary to fund the 12–month period of coverage beginning the earlier of:
(1) The day after sanctions or hostilities end; or
(2) The day after the individual's hostage status ends.
(d) OPM will place any funds received under paragraph (c) of this section in an account set up for that purpose. OPM will make the deposit required under 5 U.S.C. 8714 from the account when the appropriate pay period occurs.
§ 870.1006 - Cancellation of insurance.
(a) An individual who is insured under this subpart may cancel his/her insurance at any time by written request. The cancellation is effective on the 1st day of the pay period after the pay period in which the U.S. Department of State receives the request.
(b) Cancellation must be requested by the insured individual and cannot be requested by a representative acting on the individual's behalf.
(c) An individual who cancels the insurance under this section cannot obtain the insurance again, unless the U.S. Department of State determines that it would be against equity and good conscience not to allow the individual to be insured.
§ 870.1007 - Termination and conversion.
(a) Insurance under this subpart terminates 12 months after hostage status ends, unless the individual cancels the insurance earlier.
(b) Insured individuals whose coverage terminates are eligible for the 31–day extension of coverage and conversion as set forth in subpart F of this part, unless the individual cancelled the coverage.
§ 870.1008 - Order of precedence and designation of beneficiary.
Insurance benefits are paid under the order of precedence set forth in 5 U.S.C. 8705(a) and under the provisions of subpart H of this part.
§ 870.1009 - Responsibilities of the U.S. Department of State.
(a) The U.S. Department of State functions as the “employing office” for individuals insured under this subpart.
(b) The U.S. Department of State must determine the eligibility of individuals under Pub. L. 101–513 (104 Stat. 2035) for insurance under this subpart. This includes determining whether an individual is barred from insurance under chapter 87 of title 5 U.S.C. because of other life insurance as provided in section 599C of Pub. L. 101–513 (104 Stat. 2035).