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Qualifying Life Event

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.


read the civil service general information book

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