Disability or death of a former employee
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Please note that the HP Alumni Association
is an independent volunteer group of former employees. Not
officially endorsed or supported. You must contact
the various HP-related companies that the person worked for.
1. Determine which HP-related companies
they were a retiree or former employee of.
Given HP's complex history of
acquisitions, divestitures, and spinoffs, the company that a person was
a former employee of may not be obvious. They may be a retiree or former
employee of more that one HP-related company. Check here:
HP Breakup. On Nov 1, 2015, the legal name of the Hewlett-Packard Company was changed to HP Inc.
and a new, independent company -- Hewlett Packard
Enterprise (no hyphen; singular; green-rectangle logo) -- was
spun out. Portions
of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus, which have spun out
other companies. Details:
Labs is part of HP Inc. -- but
Labs (no hyphen) is part of Hewlett
HP Inc. is the legal successor to the companies acquired by
the Hewlett-Packard Company before the company was split into HP Inc. and
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE.) Responsibility for any commitments
to former employees of Autonomy, Compaq, Digital, EDS, Tandem, etc.
remain with HP Inc. -- regardless of whether the employee's last business unit ended up in HP Inc. or HPE. This includes employment verification and
any retiree health coverage, pension, 401(k), etc. plans. HPE is
responsible for any commitments to former employees of companies
acquired by HPE, such as Cray, Nimble, etc.
2. Notify the appropriate HPInc and/or HPE Benefits Center(s):
Benefits Center phone numbers
In the past, we had reports that the HPInc or HPE Benefits Centers did
not notify all benefits and finance providers, but instead recommended
additional notifications. A
more recent report indicates that they do perform 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.
3. Health coverage for
Length of continuing coverage for dependents
varies -- depending on the a) whether they were covered at the
retiree's death and b) terms of the specific plan:
a) Dependents may not be covered, depending on coverage choices the
retiree had made:
- 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. (Medicare Guide: page 13. Non-Medicare/Mixed
Guide: page 24.)
- HPE: "Scenario: 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." (Page 19)
- We have searchable copies of the Enrollment Guides on the HPAA website:
b) Company retirement health plans vary depending on when and
how the employee left.
- While a letter will be sent by the company, calling the
Benefits Center is advised. One member reports that the first-level Benefits Center agent
may not know how to look up this critical detail. If the
first-level phone agent can't help you, ask to escalate your
problem. Use the magic word "escalate."
- Obtain the legal "Summary Plan Description" from the
Benefits Center. For details of an employer retirement or health plan, obtain a copy of the legal Summary Plan Description ("SPD") -- either by logging into your account on the plan administrator's website or by calling the plan administrator's phone center. They are required by law to provide your SPD upon request.
The SPD takes precedence over any other written, online, or
verbal information you may be given. (For example, many of the postal contact
addresses given in SPDs are extinct.) How
to use an SPD
Depending on how the person managed their employment-related
stock, this can be a major challenge.
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.
5. 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
HP Retirement Service Center administers pension and
401(k) accounts for HPInc (legal name changed from
Hewlett-Packard Company to HP Inc. in 2015.)
Also administers any pension or 401(k) accounts that Hewlett-Packard predecessor companies
(such as Compaq, Digital, and EDS)
may have had. Operated by Fidelity Investments.
1-800-457-4015, M-F 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM Central
Time. Outside the U.S., call 1-508-787-9902 collect. Website:
- The HPE Retirement
Service Center administers pension and 401(k) accounts for
Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Also administers any pension or
401(k) accounts that companies acquired by HPE since the Nov 1, 2015 HPE spinoff (Cray, Nimble, etc.)
may have had. Operated by Fidelity Investments.1-800-409-4015, M-F 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM Central
Time. Outside the U.S., call 1-508-787-9902 collect.
6. HP-related life insurance. See
for information on portable
company-subsidized insurance plans and non-subsidized insurance discount programs.
The employee/retiree death benefit was discontinued in 2010.
7. Run an online search for
unclaimed property. Check any state they lived or worked in.
Also check the state of incorporation and state of corporate
headquarters for every employer (DE and CA for HP, DE and TX for EDS
or Compaq, etc.)
https://www.hpalumni.org/Unclaimed State of incorporation for each
stock is given in our
If you need to contact the corporate headquarters
of either company:
- HPInc (Palo Alto, CA)
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (Houston, TX)
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.
Updates and Q-and-A forum on COBRA and retiree health benefits, annual enrollment, transition to Medicare. Summarized here:
Join HPAA Benefits Forum
If you are an heir dealing with HP-related
stock, you may want to join the independent, volunteer HP Alumni Association's
Finance Forum with your own email address.
Updates and Q-and-A forum on employee stock,
401(k), pensions, and other personal finance issues from an
ex-HP/HPE perspective. Summarized here:
Join HPAA Finance Forum