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Benefit Eligibility for Family Members

Employee Benefit Providers   

Eligible family members for health and dental insurance coverage are:

  • Your spouse (A husband or wife as the result of a marriage that is legally recognized in Iowa. This does not include a spouse from whom you are legally separated or divorced.)
  • Your domestic partner (same sex or opposite sex)  ( Domestic partners for SPOC-covered employees are not eligible for health and dental insurance coverage.)
  • Your children


A child is:

  • A biological child
  • A child placed with you for adoption or a legally adopted child
  • A child for whom you have legal guardianship
  • A stepchild
  • A foster child
  • A biological child a court orders to be covered

You may be required to provide documentation that a dependent is eligible as defined above.

Children Eligibility

Child through the end of the year turning age 26

Your child may be covered for health and dental insurance through the end of the year in which he/she turns age 26. The child under age 26 can be:

  • A student or non-student
  • Live in Iowa or outside Iowa
  • Be unmarried or married (a dependent's spouse is not eligible for coverage)

Child older than age 26

An unmarried, full-time student in an accredited institution of postsecondary education may be covered for health and dental insurance regardless of age .

Child totally and permanently disabled

An unmarried child who is totally and permanently disabled may be enrolled in health and dental insurance regardless of age (The disability must have existed before the child, while an eligible dependent, turned age 26 or while a full-time student.) By age 29, Medicare coverage or SSI disability will be required to maintain active coverage. The employee must complete the Certification of Dependent Disability.

Totally and permanently disabled (physically or mentally) is defined as: claimed as a dependent on the employee’s, plan member’s, subscriber’s, policyholder’s, or retiree’s tax return; and enrolled in and receiving Medicare disability benefits or enrolled in and receiving current SSI recipient due to disability.

The Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise is providing this information about the State of Iowa’s benefits. The information on this web page is subject to change. Nothing herein shall be construed as a guarantee of benefits. This webpage is not a complete description of the State of Iowa’s benefit plans. Nothing on this web page supersedes or changes any of the terms and conditions of any plan documents, insurance policies, or other legal agreements. If the wording in this web page contradicts any plan documents, laws, regulations, administrative rules, insurance policies, or other legal agreements, the wording in the official documents and agreements will govern.

Updated 11/08/2022