Frequency Asked Questions
When open enrollment ends and I experience a major life event …
is a qualifying event?
qualifying event is a special enrollment that allows an employee to change an
enrollment election (i.e. add or delete dependents, change level of coverage)
for yourself and/or your dependents. You will be required to provide proof
of the life event and the date it occurred.
types of actions would be considered a qualifying event?
or Adoption of a child by the employee
- Termination of employment (or commencement of employment) of the employee’s spouse
- The spouse has a significant change in employment status (i.e. full-time status to part-time status, etc…)
of the enrolled family member
waive medical coverage for yourself/family because of other healthcare coverage
and you lose that other coverage for special reasons
- Your dependent child ‘aged-out’ of the plan and/or obtains their own plan (refer to your contract as applicable)
Question: How much time do I have to notify Human
Resources that I have experienced a qualifying event for a special enrollment?
Answer: You must request enrollment within 31 days after your or your dependents’ other coverage ends. You must request enrollment within 31 days after the
marriage, birth, adoption, death, etc.
Question: Beyond benefit enrollment changes…would there be any other changes that I need to consider?
Answer: Don’t forget that you may also need to change your marital status, address, beneficiary(ies), tax withholding, direct deposit, and/or name change for payroll/pensions.
name/address/phone number forms may be obtained online in the HR Forms link or
at the Human Resources counter.
Payroll/tax forms are
available from the payroll office.
Beneficiaries can be
changed via the NJ Pensions and Benefits website via MBOS.