Frequently Asked Questions about Benefits
Changes to benefits can only be made during open enrollment – except when there is a qualifying event.
Dependents eligible for coverage through the applicable health and welfare plans and dependent life and family accidental death and dismemberment insurance is an Employee’s legal spouse (not legally separated) and an Employee’s dependent child(ren) and young adult(s) up to age 26 (regardless of marital, student, residency or tax dependency status). Child/young adult includes the Employee’s natural child, stepchild (unless the Employee and his or her spouse are legally separated), legally adopted child, child placed with the Employee by court order for adoption or child for whom the Employee has been awarded legal guardianship. Additionally, a child who is permanently and totally disabled is eligible for coverage at any age provided he/she was medically certified as being permanently and totally disabled prior to his or her 26th birthday.
You will be required to provide proof of eligibility for your dependents. Failure to provide the appropriate documentation will result in dependents not being enrolled in coverage.
Employees are eligible for benefits coverage if he or she is employed to work at least 20 hours per week on a regular basis, or is eligible for benefits pursuant to the terms of a contract with the Judicial Branch.
Temporary Workers and Independent Contractors are ineligible to participate in our health and welfare plans.
In general, benefits are effective the first day of the month from your hire date, or the date you become eligible for benefits.
You have 30 calendar days from the date you were hired, or the date you become eligible for benefits to enroll in benefits.
The benefit plan year aligns with a calendar year from January 1st through December 31st and open enrollment typically occurs in the fall before the next benefit plan year.