When you get married, you are eligible to add your spouse and any newly eligible children (e.g. step-children) to your current benefit plans. You may also be able to enroll in certain benefit plans that offer an open enrollment due to your marriage. (If you married your UW System domestic partner, see Domestic Partnership to Marriage instead.)

You must submit an application to add your spouse and newly eligible children to your benefits plans and/or enroll in a benefit plan for the first time within 30 days of your marriage.

Reminder: Notify your human resources 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 & Resources Page for all plan applications, forms and brochures.

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage.

Coverage for the below changes is effective date of marriage.

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

Coverage for the below changes is effective the first of the month on or following the receipt of your application.

  • Change health insurance plan carriers or health plan design.
    • If you change your health insurance plan carrier (i.e. GHC to Dean), all limits (deductible, benefit maximums and out-of-pocket limits) will reset to $0. Prescription drug and Uniform Dental accumulators and limits will not reset.
  • Cancel coverage if you become eligible for and are enrolled under your spouse’s health insurance plan (see Gain of Other Coverage for more information.)
  • If both employees are State of Wisconsin employees, you may enroll in:
    • Two Single plans or
    • One Family plan

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage:

  • Add your spouse and all eligible children to your existing coverage
  • Enroll in coverage and add all eligible family members

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage:

  • Add your spouse and all eligible children to your existing coverage
  • Enroll in coverage and add all eligible family members

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

  • 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 one or two units of Spouse and Dependent coverage
    • If already enrolled, spouse and newly eligible children are automatically covered (does not require an application)

Review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

If enrolled in Employee coverage, you may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage. Coverage is effective on the first of the month on or following 30 days from the date of your marriage.

  • Add Spouse/Domestic Partner coverage
  • Add Child coverage if this is the first time you have an eligible child to cover.

If already enrolled in Child coverage, newly eligible children are automatically covered (does not require an application).

Review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

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

Review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

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

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.

Review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage.

  • Add your spouse and all eligible children to your existing coverage.  Coverage is effective on the date of your marriage.
  • Enroll in coverage and add all eligible family members.  Coverage is effective the first of the month following your marriage.

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

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

You can make changes to your contributions at any time.

Review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

Review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

You can enroll in or make changes at any time.

Review your beneficiary designation(s) and update, if necessary.

You can enroll in or make changes at any time.

Review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

Review your tax withholding exemptions and update, if necessary.

Beneficiary Designations

Remember to review and update your beneficiary designations when you have a life event to make sure that your benefits are paid according to your wishes. Benefit plans that have beneficiary designations include life insurance plans, retirement plans and the health savings account.

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

Updated: 06/22/2020