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Posted on: April 13, 2023

Getting Married, Divorced or Having a Child? Benefit Changes are Required.

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Marrying, divorcing or adding a child are qualifying life events (QLE) that require changes to your benefits. 

Employees enrolled in benefit coverage cannot change or cancel participation in the plan except during Open Enrollment or in the event of a QLE, as defined by the IRS. 

Notification of a family status change must be received by the Human Resources department within 30 days of the qualifying event. If it is not received, no benefit plan changes will be allowed

Some examples of qualifying life events:

  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Marriage or divorce
  • Creation or cancellation of a domestic partnership
  • Death
  • Loss or gain of employment
  • Change from full-time to part-time employment or vice versa

Any time an eligible dependent is added to your health plan, you are required to provide documentation of eligibility. The social security number for each dependent you enroll is also required.

See who qualifies as an eligible dependent and the official documents needed to add them to your benefits plan. Paperwork is required for:Qualifying life event adoption

  • Spouse or domestic partner 
  • Biological child 
  • Stepchild/domestic partner’s child 
  • Adopted child
  • Grandchild, foster, custodial or similar child 

The Human Resources department periodically conducts audits of personnel files to ensure all required eligibility documents have been provided. If your file is lacking the required eligibility documentation, Human Resources will notify you in writing. Coverage for your dependents may be terminated if you fail to submit the mandatory credentials.

Contact with any questions! 

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