Legal Guardianship

If you add a new child to your family due to legal guardianship, you are eligible to add the child to most of your current benefit plans.  You may also be able to enroll in certain benefit plans that offer an open enrollment due to the addition of a new child to your family. 

You must submit an application to add your new child to your benefit plans and/or enroll in a benefit plan for the first time within 30 days of gaining a new child.

All enrollment periods begin on the date legal guardianship is granted (must be granted before child is 19 years old).

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 add the new child to your existing coverage within 30 days of the date the legal guardianship is granted.  Coverage for the child is effective on the date the legal guardianship is granted.

You may not enroll existing children who are not currently on your plan.

EPIC Benefits+

You may add the new child to your existing coverage within 30 days of the date the legal guardianship is granted.  Coverage for the newly added child is effective on the first of the month on or following the date the legal guardianship is granted.

You may not enroll existing children who are not currently on your plan.

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

Dental Wisconsin

You may add the new child to your existing coverage within 30 days of the date the legal guardianship is granted.  Coverage for the newly added child is effective on the first of the month on or following the date the legal guardianship is granted.

You may not enroll existing children who are not currently on your plan.

VSP Vision Insurance

You may add the new child to your existing coverage within 30 days of the date the legal guardianship is granted.  Coverage for the child is effective on the date the legal guardianship is granted.

You may not enroll existing children who are not currently on your plan.

State Group Life Insurance

You may take the following actions within 30 days of the date the legal guardianship is granted:

  • 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 timeyou have an eligible dependent to cover
    • If already enrolled, newly eligible children are automatically covered (does not require an application)
    • If you already have a spouse, domestic partner or eligible children, you may not enroll in Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent coverage upon the addition of the new child.

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

Legal wards are not eligible for coverage under this plan.

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 upon the addition of a child to your family.

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 upon the addition of a child to your family.

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, 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 upon the addition of a child to your family.

Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA)

You may take the following actions within 30 days of the date the legal guardianship is granted:

  • Enroll in a Health Care and/or Dependent Day Care FSA
  • Increase 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.