When you get married, you should notify the Benefits Section of Human Resources immediately to report the change in status, update your personnel records, and emergency contact information and request any appropriate forms. To enroll your new spouse (and any dependents) for coverage, you must complete the forms and return them to the Benefits Section of Human Resources within 30 calendar days of your marriage, which is considered a qualified change in status. You may be required to provide a marriage license.
When you get married, you should also update your beneficiary designations. You may also want to think about adjusting your reimbursement account contributions, your life insurance coverage, or your withholding allowances on your W-4 Form.
Here is a summary of the impact on your benefits when you get married.
- You may enroll eligible new dependents within 30 days of your marriage.
- Coverage continues with no change.
- Coverage continues.
- You may want to update your beneficiary designation(s).
- You may elect to cover your spouse individually, only if you choose to enroll for coverage for yourself.
- To do so, you must enroll your spouse within 30 days of your marriage.
- The maximum coverage amount you may elect for your spouse is three times your annual base salary (rounded up to the next higher multiple of $10,000) or $100,000, whichever is less.
- You may enroll any newly eligible dependent children for $5,000 or $10,000 of coverage per child.
- Review and update your beneficiary designation(s).
- Consider purchasing or increasing coverage for yourself and/or your eligible family members within 30 days of your marriage.
- Your spouse is automatically the primary beneficiary of this plan, unless he or she provides notarized consent to an alternate beneficiary.
- You may adjust participation consistent with your changed status within 30 days of your marriage.
- Once you have completed 12 months of eligible service, your spouse will be granted 50% Tuition Remission each semester for all graduate and undergraduate courses taken at Boston University.
- Your dependent children will also be eligible once you have completed four months of service.
- Your new dependents may be eligible for Boston University’s on-site day care, if there is space available. (Children must be ages two through six for the Children’s Center and ages two years and nine months through age five for the Learning Lab.)
- You may contact the Office of Family Resources for help with child care services.
- Make any necessary changes to your Metro Credit Union account(s).