Permanent benefit. A permanent benefit is an economic value extending beyond one policy year (for example, a paid-up or cash surrender value) that is provided under a life insurance policy. However, the following features are not permanent benefits:
(a) A right to convert (or continue) life insurance after group life insurance coverage terminates;
(b) Any other feature that provides no economic benefit (other than current insurance protection) to the employee; or
(c) A feature under which term life insurance is provided at a level premium for a period of five years or less.