Qualifying Change in Status

How to Make Changes

Qualifying events include:

The requested change due to a Qualifying Change in Status Event must be consistent with the qualifying event (e.g., marriage and adding a spouse, birth and adding a newborn dependent, etc.)

Qualifying Change in Status Event: Required Support Documentation

Dis-Enrolling Dependents due to Loss of Dependent Eligibility

A dependent loses eligibility to participate in UNM sponsored plans if any of the following qualifying events occur:

You must dis-enroll your dependents within 60 calendar days of any of the above qualifying events. Otherwise, you may be liable for any claims incurred by the ineligible dependent. In most cases, a dependent may be eligible to continue insurance coverage through the provisions of COBRA. Please contact the HR Service Center at 505-277-MYHR (6947) for information about COBRA.

Your Responsibility

It is your responsibility to be sure that all of the dependents you enroll and continue to cover are eligible for benefits in accordance with the terms and conditions of the plan. If you enroll a dependent who does not meet eligibility requirements, or if you do not dis-enroll a dependent who no longer meets eligibility requirements, you may be responsible for any expenses incurred.

You MUST dis-enroll your ineligible dependent within 60 calendar days of any of the above qualifying events. To dis-enroll your dependent, you must submit election changes via the Enrollment/Change Form and provide supporting documentation.

Other plan changes

Plan changes that do not meet the criteria for qualifying events can only be made during UNM's annual Open Enrollment - which traditionally occurs in late spring - for Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability and Accidental Death & Dismemberment plans. Changes made during Open Enrollment are effective the beginning of the following Plan Year on July 1 (the Plan Year starts in the same calendar year that Open Enrollment is held).

Open Enrollment for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) occurs in late fall, and changes will take place on the beginning of the following Plan Year, January 1 (of the following calendar year in which FSA Open Enrollment is held).