LTD provides two-thirds of your regular monthly salary for accidental bodily injury, disease, or illness if you are unable to perform your regular firefighter job. If you are injured by external force or violence while performing your firefighter job, you may be eligible to receive 100% of your regular salary.
After two years on LTD you may be eligible to continue receiving LTD if you are unable to perform any gainful employment as defined by Title 49.
For disabilities caused by psychiatric illness, benefits are limited to the first initial 24 months unless institutionalized.
Volunteer Firefighters » Volunteer firefighters who began duty on or after July 1, 2011, may be eligible for PEHP Long-Term Disability benefits. The benefit is limited to line-of-duty injury and is 50% of the lowest monthly compensation of a firefighter of a city of the first class in Utah. You must meet specific criteria to be eligible. For more detailed information, contact PEHP Long-Term Disability at 801-366-7583 or 800-365-7347 or see Utah Code Title 49 at sections 16, 21 and 23.
The LTD Program is established by Title 49 of Utah Code at 49-21-101. The information here provides a general description of benefits provided and is for informational purposes only. No error, misrepresentation or ambiguity in this information creates any rights or benefits not expressly granted by Utah Code Title 49.
You must apply for LTD benefits within six months from your last full-duty day worked in your firefighter job.
You may accrue years of service while on LTD if your employer has signed a retirement “benefit protection contract” and pays the required retirement contributions while you are on LTD. Your employer or URS can tell you if you are eligible for this benefit.
25 firefighter (public safety) years.
Your employer can tell you when your employer-sponsored health plans will end. PEHP will mail you a Notice of COBRA Rights and letters of creditable coverage when your employer-sponsored coverage ends.
The phone numbers to call are: Local: 801- 366-7583 Toll Free: 1- 800-365-7347.
560 East 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102-2004
As long as you remain disabled except as noted below, if you are unable to perform your full-duty firefighter job, you may remain on disability benefits up to 24 months. At that time, you can apply for ongoing benefits if you cannot perform any gainful employment based on objective medical disability and defined in Title 49. As long as you meet the disability requirements you can remain on LTD until you reach age 65 or have enough years of service toward retirement to retire (25 years), whichever occurs first.
If you become disabled at or after age 60, LTD is payable as follows (unless you accrue enough years of service toward retirement to retire first):
LTD benefits are reduced dollar for dollar by any amount received by or payable from sources such as Social Security, workers' compensation, unemployment compensation and third-party payments that you receive for your disability, such as legal settlements, etc. Other benefits such as employer sponsored retirement (non URS) and disability payments for the same disability may also reduce the LTD benefit.
If you receive sick/vacation, administrative, etc. pay from your employer after the LTD effective date your LTD benefit shall be reduced dollar for dollar by the amount received for the same period of time.
You may participate in rehabilitative employment while on LTD. The monthly LTD benefit shall be reduced by 50% of the income you earn during the month from working. This part of your LTD benefit has specific requirements such as pre-approval, time limits and a review of the job duties.
The LTD department will determine if you should apply for Social Security Disability Insurance depending on your disabling condition. You will be informed of any requirement and the process to apply.
Yes. LTD benefits are subject to state and federal income taxes.
There is a three month elimination period for which NO LTD WAGE BENEFITS WILL BE PAID. The elimination period begins the day after your last day of full-duty work in your firefighter job and for LTD payment purposes begins on the nearest first day of the month. Sometimes this period is called a waiting period.
If you are approved for LTD, your monthly LTD check will be paid to you once per month on the last working day of each month.
LTD provides two-thirds of your regular monthly salary.
If you are injured by external force or violence while performing your job, you may be eligible to receive 100% of your regular salary. This line-of-duty benefit requires disability, as a result of outside force or violence and is subject to applicable board resolutions and Title 49.
We must be able to confirm your disability and impairment with objective medical documentation. This means you have an injury or illness which is diagnosed by a doctor and which is based on objective medical tests or findings rather than subjective complaints. We obtain this information by reviewing medical records from your healthcare providers. Sometimes we pay for examinations by a doctor for our analysis.
While on LTD, you must be under the care and treatment of a doctor or your benefits may end.
If you recover from your illness or injury and become ineligible for the benefit, your LTD benefits will be terminated.
Yes. Medical or psychiatric conditions which existed prior to eligibility may not be a basis for LTD benefits until you have had one year of continuous eligibility in an LTD Program.
To apply please call PEHP LTD at 801-366-7583 or toll free 1-800-365-7347. A phone interview will occur and then you will be mailed an application and other forms that require your signature.
You can only apply for LTD benefits if you are unable to perform your full-duty firefighter job and have a last full-duty day of work in your firefighter job. In some cases you may be performing a temporary transitional assignment or a job with restrictions. In these cases you should immediately contact LTD to discuss your claim and your eligibility to apply.
We encourage you to apply as soon as you stop working full-duty as a firefighter and before six months elapses from your last full-duty day working in your full-duty firefighter job.
This benefit is provided and paid for by your employer.
If you are eligible, your enrollment is automatic and you do not need to complete an enrollment form.
Contact our office to confirm your eligibility. Generally PEHP LTD eligible firefighters were hired on or after July 1, 2011, work at least 2080 hours per year, are trained in firefighter techniques and employed by a participating employer under Utah Code Title 49. The PEHP LTD Department can help determine your eligibility or you may refer to Title 49 at §49-21-102 and §49-23-102.
Volunteer firefighters who began volunteering on or after 7-1-11 may be eligible for PEHP Long term disability benefits. The benefit is limited to line-of-duty injury and is 50% of the lowest monthly compensation of a firefighter of a city of the first class in Utah. Specific criteria must be met to be eligible for the benefit. For more detailed information about this benefit contact PEHP Long Term Disability at 801-366-7583 or 800-365-7347 or refer to Utah Code Title 49 at sections 16, 21 and 23.