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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a "qualifying event"?

Family status changes are marriage; divorce; childbirth; adoption of a child; death of a spouse or dependent; or a dependent child or dependent adult reaching the coverage age limit.

Employment status changes are if your employment status with the City changes to a benefit-eligible or non-eligible status, or your spouse’s or adult dependent’s employment changes and affects benefit coverage.

Notify the Human Resources Department within 30 days of the event that you wish to make benefit changes if you experience any of the events listed.

Note on dental plans: The Blue Cross Dental Plan will not allow enrollment of dependents that were previously eligible for coverage but declined the coverage in the past. Periodically, Blue Cross will announce a special enrollment period to allow such enrollments. Human Resources will communicate such periods to employees during the City’s annual benefits open-enrollment period.