Life Events - Birth or adoption of a Baby

The addition of a new child to your household is a qualified family status change that allows you to make changes to and enroll in benefits mid-year. The benefits affected by the birth or adoption of a child are listed below.

Important Deadline

You have 30 days from the birth of the child to add your new dependent to your benefits coverage. For adoptive children, you have 30 days from the date the child is placed in your home in anticipation of formal adoption proceedings or as of the date of adoption, whichever date is earlier. To enroll, go to Self Service > Benefits on Wolverine Access. Select Initiate Life Events and follow the instructions. Click the enroll box on the Enroll Your Dependents section on the plan page for this dependent to add them to your benefit plan.

If you do not enroll your new dependent within the 30-day deadline, you must wait until the next available Open Enrollment period to make changes to your benefits enrollments and the change will be effective January 1.

You may add your new dependent to the following benefit plans:

  • Medical Plans
    You will be allowed to add your new dependent to each medical plan in which you are enrolled (health plan, dental, vision).
  • Dependent Group Term Life Insurance
    If not previously enrolled, the birth or adoption of a baby allows you to newly enroll in this benefit. Once enrolled in this benefit, all eligible children in the household are covered from age 15 days up to the end of the month they turn age 25.

Other Resources

The Work/Life Resource Center is a University Human Resources service area that assists families at the university in locating suitable child care. For more information, contact the WLRC at (734) 936-8677, or by email at


If you have any questions about adding your child to your benefits, call the SSC Contact Center at 5-2000 from the Ann Arbor campus, 734-615-2000 locally, or 866-647-7657 toll free, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The University of Michigan in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.