Benefit Changes After Birth/Adoption
After the birth or adoption of a child, you may need to update or change the following information.
Add your child to your health, dental and vision insurance
- Parental insurance will cover your newborn's initial medical expenses while the baby is still in the hospital, but you must take action to continue coverage.
- Complete your enrollment change online via myHR within 31 days of your child's birth. A copy of the state issued birth certificate is required. It can take some time to obtain an official birth certificate. The Human Resources Benefits team will temporarily accept a copy of the baby's footprints issued by the hospital at birth. A copy of the state issued birth certificate is required for the baby to ultimately remain on the insurance coverage.
- If you have adopted a child, appropriate court documents must be submitted with the enrollment change within 31 days of the adoption.
- You cannot change the health or dental plan in which you are enrolled.
- Insurance premiums are not prorated. Regardless of the date your child is born or adopted, you are financially responsible for the entire month of insurance premiums.
Enroll your child in life insurance
- Enroll in dependent child life insurance with coverage up to $25,000 in $5,000 increments. If you have already enrolled other children in dependent child life insurance, then your new child will be added automatically.
Use a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to help cover childcare expenses:
- You must be employed at least half-time and actively at work and your spouse must be employed full-time (or be a full-time student) to be eligible for the Dependent Care FSA.
- Employee is not eligible for the Dependent Care FSA until he/she has returned to work. At the time of return to work, you will need to enroll in the plan online via myHR.
- If your gross household income is not greater than $130,000, you may be eligible for the Employer Match. To apply, use the Dependent Care University Match Application and include your most recently filed 1040 federal tax form. For assistance completing this form, review this User Guide. You must be employed at least half time and your spouse must be employed full-time (or full-time students) to be eligible for the employer match.