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Changes In Family Status - Adding/Dropping Dependents

Retirees should report all changes in family status. Read More

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Retirees should report all changes in family status to the NYC Health Benefits Program within 30 days after the event.  Changes include adding a dependent due to marriage, domestic partnership, birth or adoption of a child, and to drop dependents due to death, divorce, termination of domestic partnership, or a child reaching an ineligible age. If a covered dependent loses eligibility, that person may obtain benefits through the COBRA Continuation of Benefits provisions.


Health Benefit Changes - Retiree Transfer Period

The Retiree Health Benefits Transfer Period is held every other year, in even-numbered years.Read More

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A Health Benefits Transfer Period is held in even-numbered years. During this period, all retirees may transfer from their current health plan to any other plan for which they are eligible, or they may add Optional Rider coverage to their present plan (the Optional Rider can be dropped at any time). 

 

Exception: When transferring into a Medicare HMO plan other than during Transfer Periods, transfers will become effective on the first day of the month following the processing of the special health plan application provided by the health plan.

 

 

Once your transfer request is submitted your change is Irrevocable.


Required Documentation for Dependent Changes

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If you are including a spouse on your coverage, and you have been married for more than one year, you must submit a Government issued Marriage Certificate AND Federal Tax Return from the last two years, (only send the first page of your tax return which shows your spouse) OR Proof of Joint Ownership issued within the last six months (with both names) such as a mortgage statement, lease agreement, utility bills, bank statement, credit card statements and property tax statements.  If you are including a domestic partner on your coverage, and you have been registered for more than one year, you must submit a Government issued Certificate of Domestic Partnership AND Proof of Joint Ownership issued within the last six months (with both names) such as a mortgage statement, lease agreement, utility bills, bank statement, credit card statements and property tax statements.