Dependent Eligibility Changes Effective July 1, 2016

Starting July 1, 2016 the City is making changes to dependent criteria. If you’re covering a domestic partner or former spouse through City insurance, they no longer will be offered coverage under City insurance plans as of July 1, 2016.

What are your options?

Loss of coverage through the City’s plan is considered a “qualifying life event” that will allow dependents who lose eligibility an opportunity to enroll through the Healthcare Marketplace (www.healthcare.gov) or through their own employer’s health plan if they have insurance available through their work. However, deadlines exist. As a result, it is important that you begin planning now for their coverage for July 1, 2016.

The City will also offer qualifying  dependents continuation of coverage through COBRA, a federal law that allows individuals who lose eligibility and coverage as a dependent to continue existing medical, dental and vision insurance - and under certain circumstances the health care flexible spending account - for up to three years. Although COBRA rates for the plan year that will begin July 1st aren’t yet available, you are able to view the current COBRA rates at www.tucsonaz.gov/enroll.

If you already have married your domestic partner – or if you marry by June 30, 2016 – please contact the Benefits Office at benefitquestions@tucsonaz.gov or 520-791-4597 for information about changing your domestic partner to spouse enrollment status. You may also have the option to enroll in additional coverage that you may not already have; however, you must do so within 31 days after the date you marry.