Eligibility to receive benefits was initially established in the lawsuit Settlement Agreement that created the Trust. The Settlement Agreement provides that certain USW-represented “Current Retirees,” “Eligible Retirees,” and “Surviving Spouses” of Goodyear are entitled to benefits from the Trust. Ongoing eligibility for coverage through the Trust is determined by the Committee that runs the Trust.
Current Retirees are all individuals who separated from service with Goodyear, or Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd. and the former Dunlop Tire Corporation (“GDTNA”) on or before January 1, 2007, and who as of that date were eligible for coverage under the retiree medical plan that Goodyear had provided — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Medical Benefits Program for Retirees and Their Dependents. In other words, people who were already retired and getting benefits from Goodyear’s plan (called ‘the Original Plan”) became eligible for benefits under the Trust (this plan).
In addition to the “Current Retirees” described above (those who were getting retiree medical benefits from Goodyear’s Plan), other workers and their spouses have become and will become participants in the Trust. These Eligible Retirees include individuals who:
- were Active Employees in a USW bargaining unit as of the day before their separation from service and who satisfy the eligibility requirements provided in the Original Plan, or
- are eligible for health care benefits under the Original Plan pursuant to any shutdown, sale or other purchase agreement or collectively bargained agreement with the USW or any arbitration decisions which were in effect on or before January 1, 2007, or
- were Active Employees and who upon retirement satisfy such eligibility requirements that the Trust Committee may set forth in the Plan.
A Surviving Spouse is a spouse of a deceased individual who on the day before that individual’s death was (a) an Active Employee who satisfied the applicable eligibility requirements under the Original Plan, (b) a Current Retiree or (c) an Eligible Retiree. The term “Surviving Spouse” also includes a surviving dependent to the same extent that the surviving dependent was eligible for benefits under the Original Plan, so long as the dependent continues to qualify as an eligible dependent.
In the event there is no surviving spouse as described above, coverage shall also continue for a surviving dependent provided the surviving dependent was an eligible dependent at the time of the Retiree’s death and continues to qualify as a dependent and pays the monthly contribution due.
Certain dependents who meet the conditions of eligibility may also receive benefits from the Trust. Eligible dependents can include:
- Your wife or husband.
- Your unmarried children under age 19.
- Your unmarried children ages 19 to 25, provided they are dependent on you and upon attainment of age 19 are full-time students at an accredited postsecondary institution.
- Your unmarried children 19 years or older, provided (1) they are dependent on you and (2) prior to attainment of age 19, were mentally or physically incapable of self-support as determined by the Trust Committee or its designee.
- Children placed with you for adoption when you have a legal obligation for support.
- The donor of an organ for transplant.
The word “child”, in addition to your natural children, includes stepchildren and children for whom you are appointed their guardian. The Plan will cover a child for whom a Qualified Medical Child Support Order has been served upon and approved by the Committee.
The term “unmarried children” means children who have never been married. When a dependent child becomes married, that child ceases to be an eligible dependent forever, even though the marriage may later be dissolved.
To be eligible for dependent coverage, proof that dependents meet the above criteria may be required.
Please refer to your Summary Plan Description for more detailed information regarding eligibility.