Qualified Life Events 

You can make changes to certain benefit elections during the year only if you experience a life event.  You can request changes that are consistent with your life event by making changes to your benefit elections within 30 days after the date of the event (60 days for birth and adoption for health and dental.)  Depending upon the life event, you may be required to submit documentation of the event.  If you do not make the changes in a timely manner, you will not be able to change your benefits until the next annual open enrollment.  Contact your Human Resources Associate for assistance in making timely changes.

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For a detailed listing of qualified life events and the changes you may request, please review the Life Events Matrix. 

Here are a few of the most common types of qualifying life events.

  • Change in Marital Status or number of Dependents
  • Change in Your Employment Status
  • Leave of Absence
  • You or Your Spouse’s Retirement

Experiencing a Change? Remember to Update Your Beneficiary
Remember to review your beneficiary designations for life insurance and your RIC account and make updates as necessary whenever you experience a life event that changes your eligible dependents, for example a marriage or divorce, or the birth or adoption of a child.

See the  Managing Benefits Smart Guide for assistance.


Contact your Human Resources Associate if you have any questions.