Effective November 13, 2001, New York State law provides that surviving spouses of retired uniformed members of the New York City Police and Fire Departments can continue their health benefits coverage for life. Effective August 30, 2010, New York State law provides that surviving spouses/domestic partners and dependents of active or retired members of the Departments of Sanitation and Correction are also eligible to continue their health benefits coverage for life. Such coverage will be at a premium of 102% of the group rate and must be elected within one (1) year of the date of the death of the member. Contact the Health Benefits Program, in writing, enclose a copy of the members’ death certificate and you will receive a Continuation of Coverage- Chapter 436 Application. The application needs to be completed and signed by the spouse of the deceased member. Once the Application is complete it must be sent to the Health Plan. The Health Plan will send you a bill for the monthly premium.