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Marriage or Qualified Domestic Partnership

Once you’re married or in a qualified domestic partnership, your spouse may be eligible for medical coverage in the Traditional Program. You can also enroll you and your spouse in certain optional benefits. You may want to update your beneficiary records to reflect your new spouse.

If you are a member of the Affiliated Benefits Program, please contact your employer for enrollment options.

Enroll Your Spouse in the Medical Plan within 60 Days

To enroll your spouse and any eligible children in the Medical Plan, you must

  • complete and submit a Life Event Change form within 60 days of the effective date of the relationship;
  • submit a copy of the official documentation issued by a state or foreign jurisdiction (e.g. marriage certificate, civil union license, or certification of qualified domestic partnership); and
  • for any children of your spouse, submit a copy of the birth certificate or legal documentation for adoption or legal guardianship listing your spouse as a parent.

If you enroll your spouse and/or any eligible children of your spouse in the Medical Plan within 60 days of the date of your marriage or qualified domestic partnership, coverage will be effective from that date. If you notify the Board after 60 days, you must wait until the next annual enrollment, generally in the fall, to change medical coverage levels to add your spouse and/or any eligible children to your medical coverage.

If your employer requires a contribution toward the cost of Member + Family coverage, you are not obligated to enroll your spouse and/or his or her eligible children for coverage in the Medical Plan. If your employer pays 100 percent of the Member + Family coverage costs (non-contributory coverage), your employer may determine if it will allow you to waive medical coverage for your spouse and/or children if your family member has other qualified health plan coverage. For more information, see Administrative Rule 206.

Update Beneficiary Information

You may want to update your beneficiary designations by completing the appropriate form and submitting it to the Board of Pensions:

  • Beneficiary Designation form for the salary continuation benefit and/or supplemental death benefits
  • Retirement Savings Plan Beneficiary Designation form for the Retirement Savings Plan

If you are a retired member, you may also want to change the number of your tax allowances by submitting a completed Tax Withholding Election form to the Board. Log in to Benefits Connect to review your current withholdings.

Enroll Yourself or Your Spouse in Optional Benefits

Because it is considered a qualifying life event, during the first 60 days of your marriage or qualified domestic partnership, you can

  • enroll in the Dental Plan if you do not currently participate (for everyone except the new spouse or children of the spouse, enrolling in the Dental Plan may be considered late entry; benefits may be limited to certain preventive and diagnostic services for 24 months);
  • enroll your spouse and any eligible children of your spouse in the Supplemental Death Benefits Plan.