Spouse/Partner Changing Jobs

If your spouse has a change in their employment status that affects their eligibility for benefits through that employer, it may provide an opportunity for you to modify your benefit enrollment under the SU benefit plans. Note: for some benefit plans, you may be allowed to modify your enrollment if your domestic partner’s employment status changes; however, federal tax regulations or policy limitations may apply.

Consider the following and take action promptly if you need to make any changes.  You must notify the HR Service Center within 31 days of your spouse’s change in benefits eligibility through their employer. If you do not contact us within 31 days, you must wait for the next annual enrollment opportunity to make any changes to your enrollment.

If your spouse/partner gains eligibility for benefits through their employer:

  • You may drop medical, dental, or vision coverage for yourself, your spouse/partner, and/or your dependents (with proof that coverage is now being provided by the spouse/partner’s employer plan).
  • You may drop/decrease your contributions to a health care flexible spending account if your spouse enrolls in their own FSA (with proof from the spouse’s employer).
  • You may enroll/increase your contributions to a dependent care flexible spending account if your spouse’s employment increases your dependent care expenses.
  • You may increase (with approval of Statement of Health) or decrease your supplemental life insurance and dependent life insurance.
  • Consider any changes you want to make to your voluntary retirement contributions
  • Review your emergency contact information and make any updates in the Personal Services section of MySlice

If your spouse/partner loses benefit coverage through their employer:

  • You may enroll any family member who lost other coverage in medical, dental or vision coverage (with proof of the date coverage was lost from the other employer’s plan).
  • You may enroll/increase your contributions to a health care flexible spending account
  • You may increase or decrease your contributions to a dependent care flexible spending account, consistent with the effect your spouse’s change in status has on your costs
  • You may increase (with approval of Statement of Health) or decrease your supplemental life insurance and dependent life insurance.
  • Consider any changes you want to make to your voluntary retirement contributions
  • Review your emergency contact information and make any updates in the Personal Services section of MySlice

Contact the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 for assistance.