Domestic Partnership

If you establish a domestic partnership for employee-benefit purposes, you are eligible to add your domestic partner and any newly eligible children (e.g. your partner’s children) to your current benefit plans. You may also be able to enroll in certain benefit plans that offer an open enrollment due to the establishment of a domestic partnership.

Please note that if you have a same-sex spouse, you are still required to create a domestic partnership for benefit purposes because Wisconsin law does not currently recognize same-sex marriage.  See exception under Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) below.

You must submit an application to add your domestic partner and any newly eligible children to your benefit plans and/or enroll in a benefit plan for the first time within 30 days of establishing a domestic partnership. All information below assumes you have established a domestic partnership. See UWSA’s Domestic Partnership page for more information about how to establish a domestic partnership for benefit purposes.  You must include your domestic partnership affidavit with any applications submitted.

Reminder: It’s important to notify your institution of any changes in your name, address, emergency contacts, and domestic partner 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 establishing your domestic partnership – Coverage is effective on the date your domestic partnership is established.

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

You may also take the following actions within 30 days of establishing your domestic partnership – 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 domestic partner’s health plan
  • If both employees are State of Wisconsin employees:
    • You may carry two Single plans; or
    • You may carry one Single plan and one Family plan (to avoid the tax implications listed below); or
    • You may carry one Family plan

Tax Implications

If your domestic partner or your partner's children are not considered your tax dependents for health insurance purposes under federal law, the fair market value of health insurance provided to them will be taxable earnings for you. This amount is considered "imputed income." Unless your domestic partner qualifies as a dependent under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §152, you will be taxed on the fair market value of the cost of coverage provided to your domestic partner.

Note: If you cover a same-sex spouse on your health insurance, you are not subject to imputed income for federal tax purposes; however you may be subject to imputed income for Wisconsin tax purposes.

See the Domestic Partner page (Tax Consequences tab) for more information.

EPIC Benefits+

You may add your domestic partner and newly eligible children to your existing coverage within 30 days of establishing your domestic partnership. Coverage for your domestic partner and partner's children is effective on the first of the month on or following the date your domestic partnership is established.

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

Dental Wisconsin

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

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

You may also take the following actions within 30 days of establishing your domestic partnership – 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 establishing your domestic partnership:

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

Coverage is effective on the date your domestic partnership is established.

State Group Life Insurance

You may take the following actions within 30 days of establishing your domestic partnership:

  • 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 one or two units of Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent coverage if this is the first time you have an eligible dependent to cover
    • If already enrolled, domestic partner 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

If enrolled in Employee coverage, you may take the following actions within 30 days of establishing your domestic partnership:

  • Add Spouse/Domestic Partner coverage
  • Add Child coverage if this is the first time you have an eligible child to cover.

If already enrolled in Child coverage, 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.

UW Employee’s Inc. Life Insurance

This plan offers employee-only coverage and there is no enrollment opportunity due to establishing a domestic partnership.

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 establishing a domestic partnership.

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, domestic partner 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 establishing a domestic partnership.

Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA)

You may take the following actions within 30 days of establishing your domestic partnership IF your domestic partner or domestic partner’s children qualify as your dependents under IRS rules (see ERA brochure for details):

  • 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.

Note:  If you have a same-sex spouse, your spouse is considered a tax dependent for federal tax purposes.  You have 30 days from the date of marriage to enroll in or make changes to your ERA account.

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.