Domestic Partnership to Marriage

Same-Sex Spouse Open Enrollment: October 15 – November 14, 2014

As of October 6, 2014, same-sex marriage is legal and recognized in Wisconsin. This includes a legal same-sex marriage that occurred in another state or country prior to October 6, 2014, as well as the same-sex marriage licenses issued in June 2014 in Wisconsin. See the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Wisconsin FAQ for additional details.

As a result, employees who have a same-sex spouse as of October 15, 2014, have a 30-day window ending on November 14, 2014, to enroll their same-sex spouse and that spouse’s children in benefit plans. Please note that you do not have a Flexible Spending Account enrollment or change opportunity for your 2014 election.

If you currently cover your same-sex spouse as a domestic partner on your benefit plans, you must submit benefit applications by 4:30pm on November 14th to change the relationship status from domestic partner to spouse. You will also no longer be subject to state imputed income on your health insurance.

Click on the benefit program below to see all of your benefit enrollment options.

If you marry your opposite or same-sex domestic partner, you may be eligible to add your spouse and any newly eligible children (e.g. step-children) to your benefit plans within 30 days of your marriage. You may also be able to enroll in certain benefit plans that offer an open enrollment due to your marriage.

A domestic partnership ends on the date of marriage. You do not need to submit an affidavit to terminate your partnership. If you currently cover your domestic partner under any benefit plans, you should submit an application to update the relationship of your domestic partner to spouse.

Reminder:It’s important to notify your institution of any changes in your name, address, emergency contacts and marital status.

Click on the benefit program below to see your options. Visit the Forms Page for all plan applications, forms and brochures.

State Group Health Insurance

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage – Coverage is effective the date of your marriage.

  • Enroll (can cover all eligible family members)
  • Add your spouse and any eligible children to your existing coverage

You may also take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage – Coverage is effective on the first of the month on or following the receipt of your application.

  • Change health plans
  • Cancel coverage if you become eligible and enroll under your spouse’s health plan
  • If both employees are State of Wisconsin employees:
    • You may carry two Single plans; or
    • You may carry one Family plan

EPIC Benefits+

You may add your spouse and any newly eligible children to your existing coverage within 30 days of the date of your marriage. Coverage for the newly added spouse and step-children is effective on the first of the month on or following the date of your marriage.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

Dental Wisconsin

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage - Coverage is effective on the first of the month on or following the date of your marriage.

  • Enroll - may either enroll yourself only or yourself and any newly eligible dependents
  • Add your spouse and any newly eligible children to your existing coverage

You may also take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage – Coverage is effective on the first of the month on or following the receipt of your application.

  • If both employees are State of Wisconsin employees:
    • You may carry two Single plans; or
    • You may carry one plan covering yourself and your dependent(s)

VSP Vision Insurance

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage:

  • Enroll (can cover all eligible family members)
  • Add your spouse and any eligible children to your existing coverage

Coverage is effective on the date of your marriage.

State Group Life Insurance

  • If you established a domestic partnership with the Department of Employee Trust Funds, you are not eligible to make any changes to your State Group Life Insurance coverage level when you marry your domestic partner.
  • If you established a domestic partnership with UW System only, you may:
    • Enroll in Basic coverage (if not currently enrolled);
    • Add one unit of employee coverage (if not already enrolled in maximum number of units);
    • Enroll in Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent coverage if this is the first time you have an eligible dependent to cover [Note: if already enrolled, spouse and newly eligible children are automatically covered (does not require an application)]

Any coverage changes to State Group Life are effective on the 1st of the month on or following the receipt of your application.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

Individual and Family Life Insurance

Marrying your domestic partner does not offer any enrollment/change opportunities for you or your family members.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

UW Employee’s Inc. Life Insurance

This plan offers employee-only coverage and there is no enrollment opportunity due to your marriage.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

University Insurance Association (UIA) Life Insurance

This plan offers employee-only coverage and there is no enrollment opportunity due to your marriage.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

You may enroll in Employee Only or Family coverage at any time. If enrolled in Family coverage, spouse and newly eligible children are automatically covered (does not require an application).

Changes to your coverage are effective on the first of the month on or following the receipt of your application.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

Income Continuation Insurance

This plan offers employee-only coverage and there is no enrollment opportunity due to your marriage.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage:

  • Enroll in a Healthcare and/or Dependent Day Care FSA
  • Increase, decrease, or cancel your Healthcare and/or Dependent Day Care FSA election (if already enrolled).

You must submit a Change in Status form directly to WageWorks to enroll in or change your election under one or both of the plans. If you enroll, coverage is effective on the first of the month on or following approval of your Change in Status form by WageWorks.

Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program

You can enroll in or make changes at any time.

You should review your beneficiary designation(s) and update, if necessary.

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation 457 Program

You can enroll in or make changes at any time.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

Wisconsin Retirement System

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

Tax Withholding

You should review your tax withholding exemptions and update, if necessary.

Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. This page does not guarantee enrollment or the ability to make changes to your benefits.