North Carolina short-term disability insurance is an important program for growing families.
Expenses are often highest when couples are having children. This is not a good time to lose your income, but this is exactly what happens when mom takes her maternity leave.
Do not assume that the state offers a program that automatically enrolls everyone. You need to purchase a private policy before getting sick, hurt, or pregnant.
- Claims forms and policy applications
- Pregnancy bed rest and maternity leave
- North Carolina disability laws
North Carolina Short-Term Disability Forms
Three different North Carolina short-term disability forms may come into play, depending upon your needs and circumstances.
The forms are listed in reverse order of needed completion: claims, policy application, and new account forms.
Filling Claims Forms
Applying for short-term disability benefits requires the completion of a claims form. Download the claims form from your carrier’s website, and follow the instructions carefully.
North Carolina does not have a state mandated program, so you do need to purchase a policy before the need arises.
Policy Application Forms
Complete your policy application form when electing to purchase coverage. An agent will ask a series of medical questions, and submit the policy application form to the carrier for underwriting review.
Request a short-term disability quote to get an estimated of monthly premium costs before purchasing a policy.
New Account Forms
Many women desire policies that cover her recovery from normal labor and delivery. These policies do exist. However, carriers sell them only at the worksite as a voluntary employee benefit program.
Your employer may need to complete a new account form with the carrier, verifying that they will support a payroll deduction; promptly forward premiums collected, and notify the carrier of any changes in elections.
North Carolina Short-Term Disability Benefits
Short-term disability benefits in North Carolina can replace as much as sixty percent of your earnings to a maximum of six thousand five hundred dollars monthly.
You can select from of range of elimination periods to match your financial cushion. Elimination period options include separate waiting times for accidents and illnesses.
Payment duration varies depending upon the choices made at time of policy application. Payment duration can be as short as three months, or as long as twenty-four months.
Pregnancy Bed Rest
Twenty five percent of pregnancies will experience one or more complications. You may miss weeks or months of work prior to your delivery.
Most individual policies sold directly may replace a portion of your income during this time and help you protect your family finances.
Do one thing before getting pregnant – get your policy started. Private policies will not cover preexisting pregnancies.
Short-term disability for maternity leave in North Carolina works by covering your recovery from normal childbirth. Your maternity leave benefit may be several multiples of the premiums you pay in advance.
Only policies sold through worksite groups cover mom’s recovery for normal childbirth. These policies replace income for a fixed period depending upon the type of delivery.
- Vaginal delivery – 6 weeks less the elimination period
- C-section delivery – 8 weeks less the elimination period
You may also experience some type of birth injury or postpartum complication that requires more time to heal than expected. Your doctor may ask you to stay away from work in order to recover properly. Once again, your policy may replace some of your lost earnings during this time.
North Carolina Short-Term Disability Laws
North Carolina does not have many short-term disability laws, as is the case in most states. Federal regulations provide most income replacement opportunities, and job protections.
North Carolina does not have a law requiring state short term disability benefits for workers in private industry. You will need to purchase a policy for temporary work interruptions.
Teachers and state government workers do have state mandated coverage for off the job accidents and illnesses. Benefit payments last for up to 365 days or one year.
The monthly benefit amount equates to fifty percent of income. Cash payments begin immediately after satisfying the elimination period.
Only employees working for at least one full year are eligible.
North Carolina administers the federally mandated Social Security Disability program.
Benefits are paid only for total and permanent conditions expected to last 52 weeks or longer. Social Security does not cover temporary medical conditions.
If you are medically unemployed and need help, you should contact the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
North Carolina family leave laws consist primary of federal regulations, which apply to workers across the nation. Eligibility hinges upon type of employer, number of employees, and the number of hours worked, and other criteria.