Other than during the annual “open enrollment” period, you may not change your coverage unless you experience a “qualifying event”. If you are declining enrollment for you or your dependents (including your spouse) because of other group medical coverage, you may in the future be able to enroll yourself or your dependents in this plan, provided that you qualify for a “special enrollment.”
The following are events that qualify for a special enrollment:
Two rules apply to making changes to your benefits during the year:
When Your Benefits Commence
Coverage is effective the first of the month following the date of your qualifying event.
When Your Benefits Terminate
Coverage for you and your dependents ends if you are terminated or if you do not pay the required contribution within 30 days of its being due. Coverage for a particular dependent will end when they no longer meet the definition of an eligible dependent. If terminated, your coverage will continue through the end of the month in which you are terminated. You may continue benefits during a family leave of absence according to federal guidelines and in conjunction with the County’s policy for a limited period of time after termination, or under your federal and state COBRA rights.
For assistance with your health benefits, contact Human Resources at: (530) 621-7525 or firstname.lastname@example.org