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My Spouse’s or Same-Sex Domestic Partner’s Coverage Changes

If an event causes your spouse or same-sex domestic partner to gain or lose health, dental and/or vision coverage, or their employer's coverage changes significantly during their company's Open Enrollment period, you may want to add or delete them from Vanderbilt's coverage, or enroll in our plan(s) if you previously waived coverage.

 

To change the coverage for your spouse or same-sex domestic partner, you must make a Family Status Change Request within 30 days of the event that triggered the coverage change (note that this is not necessarily the same date as the coverage change itself).

 

You must provide supporting documentation to make changes to your coverage.

Examples of Qualifying Events
Actions You Might Want to Take

Supporting Documentation/Forms

Your spouse or same-sex domestic partner loses his/her job Add spouse or same-sex domestic partner to your coverage
  1. Letter from their employer on company letterhead stating last day of work causing loss of coverage
  2. Submit a Family Status Change Request
Your spouse or same-sex domestic partner gets a new job Drop spouse or same-sex domestic partner from your coverage
  1. Letter from employer indicating hire date and insurance effective date.
  2. Submit a Family Status Change Request
Your spouse or same-sex domestic partner gets a new job Waive your coverage
  1. Letter from employer indicating hire date and insurance effective date for covered individuals.
  2. Submit a Family Status Change Request
Your spouse or same-sex domestic partner has Open Enrollment at his/her employer Add or drop spouse or same-sex domestic partner from Vanderbilt's benefits
  1. Open Enrollment documentation showing Open Enrollment dates for spouse or same-sex domestic partner employer
  2. Submit a Family Status Change Request

For more information on Qualifying Events, refer to the Summary Plan Description (SPD) for the plan in which you are enrolled. You can find the SPDs listed in the Tools and Forms page.


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