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You and your family - Adoption or Legal Guardianship

A new dependent child is considered a family status change so you may be able to make changes to some of your benefits (without having to wait for the open enrollment period in November) providing the change is consistent with and as a result of the addition of the child. You must notify the Human Resources Benefits Office within 31 days of the birth/adoption/legal guardianship.

Action Items Checklist:

  1. Change tax withholding status (if applicable).
  2. Make changes to benefits (if applicable).

More Details:
Health and/or Dental Coverage
Changes must be made within 31 days of the birth/adoption/legal guardianship.

  • You may wish to add your child to your coverage.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
Changes must be made within 31 days of the birth/adoption/legal guardianship.

  • You may want to begin participating in a Health FSA or a Dependent Care FSA, or increase the contributions to your existing FSA.

Retirement Benefits
Changes should be made as soon as possible after the birth/adoption/legal guardianship.

  • You may want to update your beneficiary designation.

Life Insurance
Change can be made anytime during the year.

  • You may want to update your beneficiary designation.
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