University of Connecticut University of UC Title Fallback Connecticut

Life Events – Employees

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE…

Experienced a Life Event or Workplace Injury.

Experiencing Life Events

Should you be experiencing a life event, or you have recently experienced a life event or workplace injury, review your benefits status to determine if any changes need to made.

Get started by reviewing an item to the left that best reflects your situation or circumstance and then, should you need further support, contact Human Resources at 860-486-3034 or at hr@uconn.edu.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE…

Had a baby.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! There are a few steps you can take with your health insurance and other employee benefits to help ensure a smooth start.

 

blue circle #1 You have 31 days to add your child to your medical and/or dental coverage.

To begin this process, request a personalized benefits change form from Human Resources.

 

blue circle #2 Consider changing your tax withholding.

For most, adding a dependent affects the amount of tax you pay. You may wish to consult a financial counselor to discuss your situation. If you decide to change your tax withholdings, complete the following forms CT W-4 Withholding Form | Federal W-4 Withholding Form. Submit completed forms to the Payroll Department.

 

blue_circle3 Consider updating your beneficiary information.

Consider reviewing the beneficiary information you provided in your State of CT sponsored retirement and life insurance plans. Should you choose to make a change, contact Human Resources at (860) 486-3034 for support.


View additional details on each item above.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE…

Getting Married.

Congratulations on your wedding! Once the ceremony and celebrations are over, you’ll want to think about making changes to your benefits and personal information.

blue circle #1 Review your current benefit elections.

For example, if you want to add your spouse to your health benefits, you have 31 days from the date of your marriage to apply. To add your spouse to your coverage you will need to request a personalized enrollment form. You must return the completed form within 31 days following your marriage. If you have questions, please contact the HR Service Desk at 860-486-3034 or at hr@uconn.edu.

 

blue circle #2 Consider changing your tax withholding.

For many, getting married affects the amount of taxes they pay. You may wish to consult a financial counselor to discuss your situation. If you decide to change your tax withholdings the forms are available online at payroll.uconn.edu.

 

blue_circle3 Update your beneficiaries.

Consider reviewing the beneficiary information you provided in your State of CT sponsored retirement and life insurance plans. Should you choose to make a change, contact Human Resources at (860) 486-3034 for support.

 

blue_circle 4 If you change your name or address, be sure to update your records.

If you change your name, first contact the Social Security Administration to change your name. Then, be sure the name on your payroll record matches the name registered with the Social Security Administration. Contact the payroll office to make any name change. You can change your address on the personal information record page.


View additional details on each item above.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE…

Getting Legally Separated or Divorced.

With this change in your marital status comes additional responsibilities under your control.

blue circle #1 Review your current benefit elections.

Your former spouse is no longer an eligible dependent for medical and dental insurance. To remove your former spouse from coverage you will need to request a personalized enrollment form. You must return the completed form within 31 days following your legal separation or divorce. If you have questions, please contact the HR Service Desk at 860-486-3034 or at hr@uconn.edu.

 

blue circle #2 Consider changing your tax withholding.

For many, getting legally separated or divorced affects the amount of taxes they pay. You may wish to consult a financial counselor to discuss your situation. If you decide to change your tax withholdings the forms are available online at payroll.uconn.edu.

 

blue_circle3 Update your beneficiaries.

Consider reviewing the beneficiary information you provided in your State of CT sponsored retirement and life insurance plans. Should you choose to make a change, contact Human Resources at (860) 486-3034 for support.

 

blue_circle 4 If you change your name or address, be sure to update your records.

If you change your name, first contact the Social Security Administration to change your name. Then, be sure the name on your payroll record matches the name registered with the Social Security Administration. Contact the payroll office to make any name change. You can change your address on the personal information record page.


View additional details on each item above.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE…

Changing your address.

You’re moving. Be certain Human Resources knows your new address.

It’s important that Human Resources has a valid, current address to ensure you continue to receive benefits information, retirement information and tax forms.

blue circle #1 Change your address on the Personal Information Form.

On the Personal Information Form, review your current information and then update fields where appropriate. Be sure to check your disclosure settings, which are lower down on the page, and update them if necessary.

If you move to or out of Connecticut, the medical options available to you may change based on location of health insurance service networks. View service network chart.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR…

Child has reached 19 or 26 years of age.

When your child reaches 19 or 26 years of age, there are certain benefits changes that will automatically be made.

blue circle #1 What happens when your child reaches 19 years of age.

On the first of the month following your child’s 19th birthday, s/he is no longer eligible for state subsidized dental benefits unless s/he is certified as disabled though the medical insurance carrier prior to reaching age 19. Your child will automatically be removed from dental coverage and a COBRA notice will be sent addressed to your child at your home address. COBRA allows your child to continue dental coverage for up to 36 months immediately following the loss of coverage at COBRA rates, which include a 2% administrative fee. More information, including rates, is available at COBRA Coverage.

If your child does not receive a COBRA notice by the 15th of the month following the month of his/her 19th birthday, contact the HR Service Desk at (860) 486-3034.

NOTE: If your child is permanently disabled, it’s important for you to work with your medical insurance carrier to have the disability certified in advance of your child’s 19th birthday. Contact your medical carrier directly and follow the procedures for medical certification. The certification process can be a lengthy one. Verify with your medical carrier the best time to start the application process. If your child is participating in dental only, contact hr@uconn.edu prior to your child’s 19th birthday to determine how to medically certify your child as disabled.

 

blue circle #2 What happens when your child reaches 26 years of age.

On the first of the month following your child’s 26th birthday, s/he is no longer eligible for state subsidized medical benefits unless s/he is certified as disabled. Your child will automatically be removed from coverage and a COBRA notice will be sent addressed to your child at your home address. You may continue the coverage for up to 36 months immediately following the loss of coverage at COBRA rates, which include a 2% administrative fee. More information, including rates, is available at COBRA Coverage.

If your child does not receive a COBRA notice by the 15th of the month following the month of his/her 26th birthday, contact the HR Service Desk at (860) 486-3034.

WHAT TO DO IF…

There has been a death in your immediate family.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free confidential counseling and referral services to assist you during this difficult time. We encourage you to speak with an EAP counselor and access the information that is available at the EAP website.

blue circle #1 Determine who you need to cover with your medical and dental insurance.

 

blue circle #1 Change your beneficiary on your life insurance and retirement.

 

blue circle #1 Review Life Insurance, Disability Insurance and other benefits in which you are enrolled.


Additional Information Detail

WHAT TO DO IF…

You are leaving your position at the University.

(Non-Retirement, Non-Transfer

This information is intended to provide your with resources, links and points of contact to complete this important transition.

blue circle #1 Notify your Department that you will be leaving.

 

blue circle #1 What you should do before your last day of work.

 

blue circle #1 What you should do on your last day of work.


Additional Information Detail

WHAT TO DO IF…

You or Your Spouse Have Reached 65.

Age 65 is a milestone birthday when it comes to Medicare-eligibility.

blue circle #1 Medicare-eligible persons will be contacted 3 months prior to turning 65.

 

blue circle #1 If you are enrolled in a state-subsidized medical plan you are covered by a creditable plan and will not be subject to a late entrant penalty by delaying enrollment in Medicare until you retire or leave your position at UConn.


Additional Information Detail

WHAT TO DO IF…

You Experience a Work-Related Injury or Illness.

It’s important to understand how Workers’ Compensation works.

blue circle #1 Workers’ Compensation provides payment of medical expenses and lost wages for employees’ who suffer a work-related injury or illness. For non-emergencies, the first step is to immediately report your injury to your supervisor and together complete the WC207 – DAS First Report of Injury.

 

blue circle #1 If your illness or injury requires medical treatment, you must receive those services from providers in the State of Connecticut Workers’ Comp PPO Network.


Additional Information Detail