Beneficiary Designations

Remember to review and update your beneficiary designations whenever there is a big life event to make sure that your benefits are paid according to your wishes. There are other benefit plans (non- life insurance) that have death benefits as well.

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Forms & Applications

Forms and applications must be received by your human resources office within 30 days from the date of event.

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If you get divorced, you need to take action to remove your ex-spouse and spouse’s children (e.g. your former step-children) from your benefit plans. You may also be able to enroll in certain benefit plans that offer an open enrollment if you lose comparable coverage under your ex-spouse’s benefit plans. See Loss of Other Coverage for more information.

You must submit an application to remove your ex-spouse and former step-children from your benefit plans and/or enroll in a benefit plan for the first time within 30 days of your divorce.

The UW Service Center will send a continuation notice to your ex-spouse at his or her last known address. If your ex-spouse is no longer living at the same address as you, provide your ex-spouse’s address to your human resources office so that the continuation notice is sent to your ex-spouse’s address. Your ex-spouse can contact the UW Service Center at servicecenter@uwsa.edu or (888) 298-4159 if they do not receive a continuation notice.

Reminder: It’s important to notify your institution 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.

Coverage for your ex-spouse and step-children ends at the end of the month in which your divorce is finalized, or at the end of the month in which a continuation notice is provided to the ex-spouse, whichever is later.

Your ex-spouse and step-children may continue coverage for up to 36 months by submitting a continuation notice and application to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) within 60 days of the coverage end date or the receipt of a continuation notice, whichever is later.

If you were covered by your ex-spouse’s health insurance, you may enroll (along with your dependent children that lost coverage) within 30 days of losing your comparable coverage due to your divorce. See Loss of Other Coverage for more information.

Coverage for your ex-spouse and step-children ends at the end of the month in which your divorce is finalized, or at the end of the month in which a continuation notice is provided to the ex-spouse, whichever is later.

Your ex-spouse and step-children may continue coverage for up to 36 months by submitting a continuation notice and application to EPIC Specialty Benefits within 60 days of the coverage end date or the receipt of a continuation notice, whichever is later.

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

Coverage for your ex-spouse and step-children ends at the end of the month in which your divorce is finalized, or at the end of the month in which a continuation notice is provided to the ex-spouse, whichever is later.

Your ex-spouse and step-children may continue coverage for up to 36 months by submitting a continuation notice and application to EPIC Specialty Benefits within 60 days of the coverage end date or the receipt of a continuation notice, whichever is later.

If you were covered by your ex-spouse’s comparable dental insurance, you may enroll (along with your dependent children that lost coverage) within 30 days of losing your comparable coverage due to your divorce. See Loss of Other Coverage for more

Coverage for your ex-spouse and step-children ends at the end of the month in which your divorce is finalized, or at the end of the month in which a continuation notice is provided to the ex-spouse, whichever is later.

Your ex-spouse and step-children may continue coverage for up to 36 months by submitting a continuation notice and application to VSP within 60 days of the coverage end date or the receipt of a continuation notice, whichever is later.

If you were covered by your ex-spouse’s comparable vision insurance, you may enroll (along with your dependent children that lost coverage) within 30 days of losing your comparable coverage due to your divorce. See Loss of Other Coverage for more information.

Coverage for your ex-spouse and step-children ends on the date your divorce is finalized.

If you have Spouse and Dependent coverage, and your ex-spouse and step-children were your last eligible dependents (you do not have any other eligible children of your own), you should submit an application to cancel Spouse and Dependent coverage within 30 days of your divorce.

Your ex-spouse and step-children may convert coverage to an individual whole life insurance policy known as Secure Protector Whole Life policy by submitting a conversion application to Securian within 31 days of the coverage end date. Your ex-spouse can contact the UW Service Center at servicecenter@uwsa.edu or (888) 298-4159 for a conversion application.

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

Coverage for your ex-spouse and step-children ends on the date your divorce is finalized.

If enrolled in Spouse/Domestic Partner coverage, you should submit an application to cancel coverage within 30 days of your divorce.

If enrolled in Child coverage, and your step-children are your last eligible children, you should submit an application to cancel Child coverage within 30 days of your divorce. This can be done via the same application with which you remove your ex-spouse.

Your ex-spouse and step-children may convert coverage to an individual whole life insurance policy known as Secure Protector Whole Life policy by submitting a conversion application to Securian within 31 days of the coverage end date. Your ex-spouse can contact the UW Service Center at servicecenter@uwsa.edu or (888) 298-4159 for a conversion application.

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

This plan offers employee-only coverage and is not affected by divorce.

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

This plan offers employee-only coverage and is not affected by divorce.

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

Coverage for your ex-spouse and step-children ends on the date your divorce is finalized.

If you have Family coverage, and your ex-spouse and step-children were your last eligible dependents (you do not have any other eligible children of your own), you should submit an application to change to Employee Only Coverage.

Your ex-spouse and step-children may convert coverage to an individual policy by contacting Zurich American Insurance Company at 1-800-834-1959 (reference UW System Policy # GTU-8364005) within 60 days of the coverage end date. Your ex-spouse can contact the UW Service Center at servicecenter@uwsa.edu or (888) 298-4159 for a conversion form.

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

This plan offers employee-only coverage and is not affected by divorce.

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

  • Enroll in a Health Care FSA if you lost coverage under your ex-spouse's plan
  • Enroll in a Dependent Day Care FSA to accommodate newly-eligible dependent if you lost coverage under your ex-spouse's Dependent Care FSA plan
  • Increase, decrease or cancel your Health Care and/or Dependent Day Care FSA election (if already enrolled)

You must submit a Change of Election Form within 30 days of your divorce to your human resources office to enroll in or change your election under one or both of the plans. If you enroll, coverage is effective on the first of the month on or following your divorce.

Your HSA can be included in your divorce settlement.

You can make changes to your contributions at any time.

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

Your TSA account can be included in your divorce settlement if the court issues a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) that is acceptable to your TSA investment company.

You can enroll in or make changes at any time.

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

Your Wisconsin Deferred Compensation account can be included in your divorce settlement if the court issues a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) that is acceptable to Wisconsin Deferred Compensation.

You can enroll in or make changes at any time.

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

Your WRS account can be included in your divorce settlement if the court issues a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) directing the Department of Employee Trust Funds to divide your account and your creditable service (up to 50%). For more information, see How Divorce Can Affect Your WRS Account.

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.

Last updated: 11/6/2017