If you marry your domestic partner, you may be eligible to add your spouse and any newly eligible children (e.g., step-children) to your benefit plans within 30 days of your marriage. You may also be able to enroll in certain benefit plans that offer an open enrollment due to your marriage.

If you currently cover your domestic partner under any benefit plans, you must submit an application to update the relationship of your domestic partner to spouse.  Marriage will likely change your partner’s tax status therefore reducing your overall premium cost so it is important that you take the necessary steps to modify your insurance enrollments.

A domestic partnership ends on the date of marriage. You do not need to submit an affidavit to terminate your partnership.

Reminder: It’s important to notify your institution’s benefits office of any changes in your name, address, emergency contacts and marital status.

Click on the benefit program below to see your options. Visit the Forms Page for all plan applications, forms and brochures.

*General information regarding domestic partner benefits at the University of Wisconsin can be found on the Domestic Partner page.

 

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage.  Coverage is effective on the date of your marriage.

  • Add your spouse and any eligible children to your existing coverage
  • Enroll (can cover all eligible family members)
    • If enrolling in a High Deductible Health Plan, see HDHP/HSA.

You may also take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage.  These changes are effective on the first of the month on or following the receipt of your application.

  • Change health plans
    • If you change health plans, your annual out-of-pocket limit will restart at $0.00. Prescription drug annual out-of-pocket limit will transfer to the new plan.
    • Note: If you are changing to/from a high deductible health plan (HDHP), ALL limits will restart.
  • Cancel coverage if you become eligible and enroll under your spouse’s health plan
  • If both employees are State of Wisconsin employees:
    • You may carry two Single plans; or
    • You may carry one Family plan

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage. Coverage is effective on the date of your marriage.

  • Add your spouse and any eligible children to your existing coverage
  • Enroll (can cover all eligible family members)

If both employees are State of Wisconsin employees:

  • You may carry two Single plans; or
  • You may carry one plan covering yourself and your dependent(s)
  • Note: AD&D benefit under this plan is greater for the subscriber.

You should review your beneficiary designation for the EPIC Benefits+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) benefit and update, if necessary.

Note: If you currently cover your domestic partner, marriage will likely change your partner's tax status thereby reducing your overall premium cost, so it is important that you let your benefits office know of your marriage.

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage. Coverage is effective on the date of your marriage.

  • Add your spouse and any eligible children to your existing coverage
  • Enroll (can cover all eligible family members)

If both employees are State of Wisconsin employees:

  • You may carry two Single plans; or
  • You may carry one plan covering yourself and your dependent(s)
  • If one spouse carries the Select Plan and the other carries the PPO plan, you may choose which plan to continue

Note: If you currently cover your domestic partner, marriage will likely change your partner's tax status thereby reducing your overall premium cost, so it is important that you let your benefits office know of your marriage.

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage. Coverage is effective on the date of your marriage.

  • Add your spouse and any eligible children to your existing coverage
  • Enroll (can cover all eligible family members)

Note: If you currently cover your domestic partner, marriage will likely change your partner's tax status thereby reducing your overall premium cost, so it is important that you let your benefits office know of your marriage.

If you previously established a domestic partnership with the Department of Employee Trust Funds (using form ET-2371), you are not eligible to make any changes to your State Group Life Insurance coverage level when you marry your domestic partner.

If you established a domestic partnership with UW System only (using form UWS-51), you may:

  • Enroll in Basic coverage (if not currently enrolled);
  • Add one unit of employee coverage (if not already enrolled in maximum number of units);
  • Enroll in Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent coverage
    • If already enrolled, spouse and newly eligible children are automatically covered (does not require an application)

Coverage is effective on the first of the month on or following 30 days from the date of your marriage.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

Marrying your domestic partner does not offer any enrollment/change opportunities for you or your family members.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

This plan offers employee-only coverage and there is no enrollment opportunity due to your marriage.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

This plan offers employee-only coverage and there is no enrollment opportunity due to your marriage.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

You may enroll in Employee Only or Family coverage at any time. If enrolled in Family coverage, spouse and newly eligible children are automatically covered (does not require an application).

Changes to your coverage are effective on the first of the month on or following the receipt of your application.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

This plan offers employee-only coverage and there is no enrollment opportunity due to your marriage.

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage. Action must be consistent with the qualifying event.

  • Enroll in a Healthcare and/or Dependent Day Care FSA
  • Increase, decrease, or cancel your Healthcare and/or Dependent Day Care FSA election (if already enrolled).

You must submit a Change of Election form to your institution's benefits office to enroll in or change your election under one or both of the plans. Coverage or changes are effective on the first of the month on or following the date of your marriage.

If you enroll in a High Deductible Health Plan (for health insurance), or change your health plan to a High Deductible Health Plan due to marriage, you are required to also enroll in the Health Savings Account. Submit the HSA enrollment form along with the State Group Health application to your institution's benefits office within 30 days of your marriage. Note that there are special eligibility requirements to enroll in the High Deductible Health Plan. See HDHP/HSA for more information.

You can make changes to your contributions at any time.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

You can enroll in or make changes at any time.

You should review your beneficiary designation(s) and update, if necessary.

You can enroll in or make changes at any time.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

You should review your tax withholding exemptions and update, if necessary.

Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. This page does not guarantee enrollment or the ability to make changes to your benefits.