Life Events - Human Resources at Ohio State

Major life events – such as birth or adoption of a child, marriage, retirement, termination of employment – enable you to make changes to your health care plans and add or drop eligible dependents from coverage.

When you experience a life event, also known as a qualifying status change, you have 31 days from and including the date of the event to make changes to your benefits. If you miss the 31-day deadline, your next chance to request a change is open enrollment, which is effective the following January 1, or another qualifying status change.

While not considered qualifying status changes, you might also find information on address change and name change helpful.

Explore the topics below to learn more about each life event and the benefit changes you may make.