Attention! Beginning Autumn Quarter 2018 (for the U-SHIP policy year that begins on 9/1/2018), students will be required to provide proof of dependent status in order to enroll dependents on U-SHIP, according to University policy. This applies to all students, including those who currently have a dependent on U-SHIP. Instructions for enrolling dependents will be provided on this website later this summer.
In order to enroll dependents on U-SHIP, students must first enroll themselves during the open-enrollment period (generally mid-August for the plan starting on 9/1/2018). Then, also during the open-enrollment period, students must submit the appropriate documents (electronically or in-person) to the on-campus UnitedHealthcare StudentResources insurance representatives in order to enroll a dependent. Students will only need to submit proof of dependent status once, but please note that students must act each year to enroll or waive U-SHIP for themselves and to enroll dependents.
Students who enroll dependents 14 years or older on U-SHIP will also be assessed a quarterly dependent life fee.
Students enrolled in U-SHIP can choose to cover eligible dependents, including:
Same- or opposite-gender spouse or civil union partner
Same-gender domestic partner (only for domestic partnerships registered with the University prior to 7/1/17).
Children under the age of 26, including natural children, stepchildren, adopted children, or wards; any child named in a court order for whom you are legally responsible for providing coverage under the terms of a qualified medical child support order; and your eligible same-gender domestic partner’s child who depends on you for support and lives with you in a regular parent-child relationship.
Unmarried eligible children over age 26 if the child is incapable of self-sustaining employment due to a mental or physical disability that occurred before attaining age 26, is dependent on you or your eligible spouse, civil union partner, or same-gender domestic partner for primary support and maintenance and is covered continuously by the plan prior to and beyond age 26.
Military veteran dependent children up to age 30 if the child has established residency in Illinois, served in the active or reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces, and received a release of discharge other than a dishonorable discharge.
Acceptable Verification of Dependent Eligibility