Dependent Reaches Age 26

If you cover a child on the Syracuse University health or life insurance benefit plans, that coverage will end on the child’s 26th birthday.  Your child will receive a COBRA enrollment notice from the plan’s COBRA administrator.  Please make sure HR Shared Services has your child’s updated address information, if it differs from yours.  Medical, dental, and/or vision coverage may be continued for up to 36 months under COBRA by paying the full premium cost (including a 2% administrative fee), and may be discontinued at any time.

If your child is incapable of working and self-support due to a physical or mental disability that was present before age 26, he or she may be eligible to extend coverage as your dependent beyond age 26.  Please contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042 for more information.

In addition to continuing coverage through COBRA, there may be other coverage options available when your child loses group health coverage. For example, he or she may be eligible to buy an individual plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. By enrolling in coverage through the Marketplace, he or she may qualify for a subsidy. Additionally, your child may qualify for a special enrollment opportunity for another group health plan for which he or she is eligible (such as their own employer or a spouse’s plan), even if the plan generally does not accept late enrollees. Typically, such enrollment must be requested within 31 days of the loss of other coverage.  For more information about plans available in the Marketplace, visit www.healthcare.gov.


Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this website is accurate. However, benefits are governed by legal documents (which, in certain circumstances, may include insurance contracts). If there is any difference between the information in this website and the official documents, the official documents will control. As is the case with all of Syracuse University’s employee benefit plans, the University reserves the right to modify or terminate these benefits at any time.