What Is a Qualifying Life Event?
It is a life event that changes your status and eligibility for health insurance.
Common ones include:
- Change in marital status (marriage, divorce)
- Change in number of dependents
- COBRA events
- Medicare or Medicaid eligibility
- Leaves of absence
- You add a newly-eligible dependent to your coverage. A list of the dependents and the necessary documentation can be found in the NYSHIP book. Please note that newborn children are not automatically covered. You must complete a PS-404 and submit the necessary documentation.
For a complete list of what qualifies as a life event review the General Information Book.
Use this form for enrolling a domestic partner in the NYS Health Insurance Program.
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