UC to Check Eligibility of Dependents
Receiving Insurance Benefits

Family members enrolled as dependents in UC-sponsored medical, dental, vision and/ or legal plans need their eligibility verified, according to a recent announcement from the UC Office of the President.

If you added a family member as a dependent during 1997 Open Enrollment, UC will ask you to verify your dependent's eligibility through a birth certificate, marriage certificate and/or adoption papers.

Family records verifying your dependent will be due within 30 days of UC's request.

If you enroll in health benefits for the first time or add a family member to your existing coverage during a period of initial eligibility, you will receive a verification request and will have 30 days to provide your documentation.

Your documents must confirm the relationship between you and each of your enrolled family members-including those who are already covered.

If documentation is not submitted upon request, the dependent family member will be removed from coverage (retroactive to his/her coverage effective date), and you will be liable for the costs incurred.

"We want to make sure employees wait to send in documentation until they receive a request for it from UC Benefits at the President's Office," said Marie Johnson, Berkeley senior benefits analyst.

"Once you receive confirmation from UC Benefits that your dependent's eligibility is verified, you should keep that confirmation card in your record file," Johnson said.

For help in finding records, try UC Benefits' web site at www.ucop.edu/bencom. This site contains a link to "Where to Write for Vital Records."



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