Dependent Enrollment

Announcement

Beginning Autumn Quarter 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 enrolled dependents in the past year(s). 

Dependent Enrollment Instructions

In order to enroll dependents on U-SHIP, students must follow these steps:

  1. Enroll themselves during the open enroll period here
  2. Once you've received confirmation of enrollment, send the completed Dependent Enrollment Form and provide the appropriate documents (see Acceptable Verification of Dependent Eligibility section below) to the on-campus UnitedHealthcare StudentResources insurance representatives by email (uchicagoadvocates@uhcsr.com) or in person at 950 E. 61st Street, 3rd Floor.

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.

Eligible Dependents

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

Please make sure that the record is in English; translations of non-English documents must be certified.

Same and Opposite-Gender Spouse

  • Marriage certificate OR
  • Page one of your 2017 federal or state tax return (please cross out wage and social security number information) listing spouse/ partner

Same and Opposite-Gender Civil Union Partner

  • Certificate of Civil Union OR
  • Page one of your 2017 federal or state tax return (please cross out wage and social security number information) listing spouse/ partner

 Eligible Same-Gender Domestic Partner

  • Statement of Domestic Partnership approved from the University of Chicago prior to 7/1/2017

Child(ren) Under Age 26

One of the following:

  • Page one of your 2017 federal or state tax return listing the child(ren) as a dependent (please cross out wage and social security number information)
  • Birth certificate
  • Adoption documents
  • Other appropriate legal documents

For military veteran dependents, the “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty” document is also required

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