Domestic Partnership to Marriage

Domestic Partner to Opposite-Sex Spouse

If you marry your opposite-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.

Domestic Partner to Same-Sex Spouse

The State of Wisconsin does not currently recognize same-sex marriage so if you marry your same-sex domestic partner, this does not create any enrollment opportunities except for the Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) program (which is provided for by federal tax laws). All information below, except the ERA information, applies only to opposite-sex domestic partners who marry.

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

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

  • Enroll in Basic coverage (if not currently enrolled)
  • Add one unit of employee coverage (if not already enrolled in maximum number of units)
  • If you had previously established a domestic partnership with UW System only, you may enroll in one or two units of Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent coverage if this is the first time you have an eligible dependent to cover
  • If you had previously established a domestic partnership with the Department of Employee Trust Funds, you are noteligible to enroll in or increase your Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent coverage
    • If already enrolled in Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent coverage, spouse and newly eligible children are automatically covered (does not require an application)

Coverage is 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.

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.

Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA)

You may take the following actions within 30 days of your marriage (either same or opposite-sex marriage):

  • Enroll in a Health Care and/or Dependent Day Care FSA
  • Increase, decrease, or cancel your Health Care 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.