Marriage

Marriage is a qualifying event that allows a member to add or drop coverage.
 
A member may add coverage for a spouse during the month they are married and the 2 calendar months following. To do so, fill out a Change in Status form, check the box for marriage and turn it in to your Human Resources Department. Coverage would be effective the first day of the month following PEIA receiving the Change in Status form and the marriage certificate.   
 
It is also a qualifying event to drop health coverage if a member is going to pick up coverage through their new spouse.  To do so, fill out a Change in status form, check the box for marriage and turn the form along with documentation verifying other insurance coverage to your Human Resources Department.  Coverage will end of the last day of the month in which you turn in your paperwork.  
 
Stepchildren may also be added due to the qualifying event of marriage.  To do so, add the step-children's names under dependents covered section of the Change in Status form.  PEIA requires birth certificates for each child that needs to be added to the policy.
 
To make the change, you can also log into your Manage My Benefits account by clicking on the green Manage My Benefits button  and make your changes to your insurance plan online.  When adding coverage for dependents online remember it is a two step process. First the demographic information needs to be entered and then what type of coverage the dependents need ;must be chosen.
 
From your Menu screen you will choose Add a Dependent.   
 
 You will enter the child's and/or spouse's demographic information into the system.  
 
 You will answer if they have  insurance other than PEIA and if you want to chose a Primary Care Physician, you can do it here.
  
 Then choose finalize.  
 
 The next screen will have your child's and/or spouse's  name and you click next.  
 
 From this screen you will choose if you want to manage Health Insurance for the dependent or Life Insurance.
 
 You will choose marriage and enter the date of marriage with backslashes and continue.
 
 Choose your plan on the next screen.  Then click continue.
 
 Mark a yes by the dependent's name and then on the next screen finalize.
 
 When you go back to the main menu, you will see a grey box that says Upload Required Documentation.  Click it.
 
 The type of file is Marriage Certificate.  Choose the spouse's name. 
 
To add the stepchildren, the type of file is Birth Certificate.  Choose  the child's name
 
 Browse to the file with  the Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate and then click upload at the bottom of the page.
 
 You can find details about making changes like this in the  Summary Plan Description  under Qualifying Events.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Any change that is made with PEIA does not change with your Mountaineer Flexible Benefits. To Change demographic information for FBMC, please click here.