When Your Group Life Insurance Benefits Change

You have important benefit decisions to make. Now’s the time to take action.

We’re here to help you understand your Group Life insurance benefit options. 

Your life insurance coverage will decrease or end soon. This is due to either a change in your employment, family or group policy status. Your personalized options were provided to you in a letter you recently received from MetLife on behalf of your employer.

You have choices to make and timing is critical to continue your benefits. The good news is you can get the guidance you need to understand each of your options below and make the right decisions.


  • Permanent Whole Life policy 
  • No medical questions
  • Must apply within short timeframe  


  • May be lower than conversion rates
  • You choose your policy type
  • Health questions may be required
  • Application can be submitted at any time

We are here to help you with:

  • Making a decision in the required timeframe
  • Deciding  what type of policy and how much coverage is right for you
  • Finding lower cost alternatives
  • Determining adequate coverage for other insurance and financial needs

MetLife has an arrangement with Barnum Financial Group financial professionals to provide you with the help you need to navigate the changes to your benefits.  

To request a complimentary consultation in your area, please call MetLife at 833-223-9450, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m Eastern time. We will arrange for a specially trained financial professional to contact you directly. Or if you prefer, you can complete the form below. 

Fill out this form and a Barnum Financial Group financial professional will contact you.

What you need to know

Yes. Rates for conversion are calculated based on your age at the time you convert your coverage. Conversion rates will remain the same for the life of the policy.

Rates for an individual policy are calculated based on a number of factors including your age and insurability when you apply, and therefore may be lower than a standard conversion.

For conversion, you generally have 31 days from when your benefits end to continue your coverage. Refer to your paperwork for specific information about your policy. You can apply at any time for an individual policy.

A financial professional is experienced and specially trained to provide personalized guidance and advice. He or she can help you navigate the application process and has access to the information and required forms you may need.

Conversion Individual 
No. Yes.
Conversion Individual

Generally, the minimum is $1,000. However this is subject to the Individual Life plan features.

The maximum coverage that can be continued is generally the amount lost at the time your group coverage ends. However, that can vary based on: 

  • The reason group benefits ended.
  • The amount of group insurance you have.
  • Your eligibility for any other group benefits.
  • Specific state regulations.

Refer to your conversion notice for specific information about eligible continuation amounts.

You generally have more flexibility in your policy options.  

Minimums and maximums are subject to the policy chosen.

Conversion1 Individual

Convert your Group Life insurance benefits to a permanent,  Individual Whole Life insurance policy based on a qualifying event*

Available on all Group Life insurance coverages including Basic Life, Optional Life, Spouse Life and Child Life

Conversion is not available on Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage

Coverage is guaranteed with no medical questions as long as its submitted within the application timeframe

You may qualify for an individual policy at any time with evidence of insurability.

Not limited to a qualifying event

Policy includes a range of selections.

*A qualifying event is a loss of group life or AD&D coverage due to termination, retirement, a scheduled decrease of coverage, a dependent spouse or child’s eligibility changed (i.e. child reached plan’s maximum age or age limit, death of employee, divorce or termination of domestic partnership), class or plan eligibility change, or the group policy ended.