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Disability or death of a former employee  (Updated April 28, 2020.)  Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org

Please note that the HP Alumni Association is an independent volunteer group of former employees. Not officially endorsed or supported by any company. You must contact the various HP-related companies that the person worked for.

Given HP's complex history of  acquisitions, divestitures, and spinoffs, the company that a person was a former employee of may not be obvious. Effective November 1, 2015, the Hewlett-Packard Company was renamed HPInc. and a new, independent company -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (no hyphen; singular) -- was spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus. Portions of DXC and Micro Focus have since been spun out. Details: HP Breakup

Key principles:

- Former employee of which company? HPInc or Hewlett Packard Enterprise? Depends on which company's payroll they were on at the time they left. This includes any retiree health coverage, pension, 401(k), etc. plans. (Does not depend on where their last business unit ended up after they left.) If their business unit was moved to DXC or Micro Focus, it is treated as though they left HPE to join another company.

- Non-US: Contact HR for your country: Worldwide HPInc and HPE Country Contacts

Notify the appropriate company -- or companies:

1. Left the Hewlett-Packard Company before the Nov 1, 2015 HP/HPE separation: Classified as a former employee or retiree of HPInc. May have been on the "Pre-2003" retirement program.
HPInc Benefits Center: (HPInc was formerly named Hewlett-Packard Company.)
1-800-890-3100 -- 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday - Friday 
1-847-883-0465 -- Outside the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada

2. Left HPInc. after the Nov 1, 2015 HP/HPE separation: Classified as a former employee or retiree of HPInc -- see phone numbers above. May have been on the "Pre-2003" retirement program.

3. Left Hewlett Packard Enterprise after the Nov 1, 2015 HP/HPE separation: Classified as a former employee or retiree of HPE. (HPE retirees who are qualified for the "Pre-2003" retirement program -- which refers to the year when HP's US retiree medical program was redesigned to be much less generous -- not the year retired -- are classified as a retiree of HPE but medical benefits are administered by HPInc.) 
HPE Benefits Center:
1-844-537-5304 -- 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central time, Monday - Friday 
1-312-843-5219 -- Outside the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada

4. Transitioned to DXC or Micro Focus: Classified as a former employee or retiree of Hewlett Packard Enterprise -- see phone numbers above. Treated as though they left HPE to join any other company. Entitled to whatever retiree coverage they qualified for at the time they left HPE.   Contacts for DXC employees and alumni    Micro Focus UK and US Headquarters [scroll down]

5. Left EDS before the HP acquisition: Classified as a former employee or retiree of HPInc -- see phone numbers above. If they were employed by EDS or "EDS, an HP Company" before January 1, 2009 they may have an EDS pension that they had forgotten about. Details: https://www.hpalumni.org/eds 

6. Retired from DEC: Classified as a former employee or retiree of HPInc -- see phone numbers above.

The Benefits Center does not notify all HP benefits and finance providers. They will recommend additional notifications. In any case, you should directly contact the appropriate retirement administrator(s), as indicated below, to ensure that any pension or 401(k) issues are resolved.

Health coverage of dependents:

Refer to your Benefits Enrollment Guide. The 2020 editions state:

1. HP: "...if at any time you elect not to participate in HP retiree medical coverage, there may be restrictions on your future ability to enroll... If you die after declining HP coverage, your surviving dependents will not be eligible to participate in HP benefits following your death. Only dependents who are covered on the date of your death can continue HP coverage." (page 18)

2. HPE: "You die after declining HPE coverage. Your surviving dependents will not be eligible to participate in benefits following your death. Only dependents who are covered on the date of your death can continue coverage. For information about survivor benefits, call the HPE Benefits Center."

We have official, searchable pdf copies of the Enrollment Guides on the HPAA website:  https://www.hpalumni.org/EnrollmentGuides

Stock:  There may be stock in up to seven HP-related companies, depending on when they worked at HP. Many find stray accounts -- or discover stock or dividends turned over to a state as "unclaimed." An HP Alumni team has developed a step-by-step process to help find it and protect it. Employee Stock

Pension or 401(k) plan: In general, pension and 401(k) issues are resolved when a person leaves the company. However, you should directly contact the appropriate retirement administrator(s) to ensure that any pension or 401(k) issues are resolved:

- The HPInc Retirement Service Center (operated by Fidelity Investments) manages pension and 401(k) accounts for HPInc (formerly named Hewlett-Packard Company.) Also manages any pension or 401(k) accounts that the many Hewlett-Packard predecessor companies, such as DEC and EDS, may have had.
1-800-457-4015, M-F 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM Central Time. Outside the US, call 1-508-787-9902 collect.

- The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Retirement Service Center (operated by Fidelity Investments) manages pension and 401(k) accounts for Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
1-800-409-4015, M-F 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM Central Time. Outside the US, call 1-508-787-9902 collect.

If you need to contact corporate headquarters of either company:

- HPInc (Palo Alto, CA)  https://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/office-locations.html

- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (San Jose, CA)  https://www.hpe.com/us/en/contact-hpe.html

Life insurance: See https://www.hpalumni.org/Insurance

Announcements to HP community. Obituary and memorial service announcements

If you are receiving benefits from the company based on the retirement status of your spouse or parent, you may want to join the independent, volunteer HP Alumni Association's Benefits Forum with your own email address. The HPAA Benefits Forum provides mutual help on health coverage -- COBRA, retirement, Medicare, open-market. Decoding Annual Enrollment. Decoding Annual Enrollment.
Join HPAA Benefits Forum


For more mutual help on this topic and many others, join the independent HP Alumni Association. If you were formerly a regular, direct employee of HP or HPE -- or are in the process of leaving -- join HPAlumni via email. No charge, thanks to HPAA members.


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