The Life Events site provides you with information to consider when major life changes occur; such as, the birth or adoption of a child, marriage, retirement, or termination of employment. Each event lists your options, tells you who to consult with questions, links you to forms and publications, and describes how to make changes to your benefits.
There is a two step process for Life Events. First, you need to add in the Life Event through ConnectCarolina –>Click on Self Service –> Click on My Benefits –> Click on Benefits Enrollment–>Select health insurance. This puts you in the State’s enrollment portal to make a qualified life event change. You can also call the State’s Enrollment Center at 1-855-859-0966 to do the life event over the phone.
The second part is that you need to upload documentation of the actual life event AND you need to upload dependent verification documentation (this is legally your dependent). You will do this through ConnectCarolina –>Click on Self Service –> Click on My Benefits –> Click on Benefits Enrollment–>Select health insurance. If you cannot upload the documents, scan/email them to firstname.lastname@example.org after you do the life event online or on the phone. Be sure to include your name and PID.
Dependent Eligibility Verification
When adding a spouse or child due to a life event, dependent eligibility verification is required. Supporting documentation must be uploaded in the benefits enrollment system (Log into ConnectCarolina –>Click on Self Service –> Click on My Benefits –> Click on Benefits Enrollment) at the time the life event transaction is completed.
Examples of supporting documentation include marriage certificate, legal adoption record, birth certificate, etc. For a full list please review the Acceptable Supporting Documentation guide. Please follow the steps in the Adding Documentation to eEnroll guide to upload your documentation.
Adding Documentation to eEnroll guide
Acceptable Supporting Documentation
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It is important to keep beneficiary designations up to date. A beneficiary designation provides benefit vendors with information on who to contact in the event of an employee’s death. Without a valid beneficiary designation an employee’s funds may be tied up in costly escrow or estate proceedings upon their death.
Congratulations on the birth or adoption of your child! An employee may add or remove dependents from benefits as appropriate. When adding new family members to the Health Insurance, coverage must be effective on the 1st of the month in which the child is born or adopted for the child to have coverage effective with the date of the birth or adoption.
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The death of a dependent allows an employee to make appropriate changes to his or her benefits. An employee must remove dependents from benefits as appropriate and file a claim with the vendor. Please contact a Benefit Consultant to assist you with the claim filing process.
For benefit purposes, a change in employment status means moving from one benefit eligibility category to another. This usually involves a change from ineligibility to eligibility or vice versa, part-time to full-time employment (20 – 29 hours per week to 30+ hours per week) or from SHRA to EHRA status.
Dependent children are eligible for coverage under various benefit offerings until the age of 26 regardless of full-time student status. If a covered dependent exceeds the maximum age, it is the employee’s responsibility to remove their dependent children from his or her benefit elections by completing a change action in the enrollment system or by email to the benefits office for the after-tax plans.
When leaving UNC-Chapel Hill, you will need to understand how your benefits are affected by this employment status change. Please refer to the document listed in the resource section for information about your benefit and final payment(s) from the University. If you have questions about your benefits after reviewing this material, please contact your Benefit Consultant at 919-962-3071.
A change in marital status (i.e. marriage, divorce or legal separation) allows an employee to make appropriate changes to his or her benefits. An employee may add or remove their spouse from benefits as appropriate. Changes will be effective on the first of the month after the marriage, divorce or legal separation is final.
If your home address changes while you are employed with the University, it is your responsibility to contact the University about the change. You must change your home address and phone number in Connect Carolina
, under Self Service. This change will be processed by the relevant University offices, including Payroll and Human Resources.
After many years of service to Carolina, there are some things you will want to review before you retire. When you transition into retirement it is important you understand how your benefits will be impacted. Please review the Leaving the University
document for information on how and when benefit participation will cease and your options for continuation, conversion or portability. You should also consult with a Benefits Consultant to understand your options for health care and retirement benefits.