Life Events - Legal Guardianship

A child who is considered an eligible dependent under legal guardianship includes all unmarried children who are your dependents under a court-ordered legal guardianship, who:

  • live with you,
  • are claimed as your dependents on your most recently filed federal income tax return,
  • or will qualify in the current year for dependency tax status.

Coverage under your benefits can continue until the expiration date stipulated by the court within the Letters of Guardianship.

When you accept legal guardianship of a child, the child should be added to your coverage within 30 days of the date the petition is signed by the court by completing and submitting the Benefits Enrollment/Change Form (PDF). If you do not submit your completed form within the 30-day deadline, you must wait until the next Open Enrollment period to make changes to your benefits enrollments.