Changes in your life and employment can impact your benefits. Washington University’s health plans are tax-qualified plans subject to regulations established by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It is this tax-favored plan status that allows university employees to pay for their health/dental/vision insurance and flexible spending account coverage on a pre-tax basis. In order to maintain the tax-qualified status of our plans and provide this tax-favored benefit to our employees, we are required to comply with IRS regulations regarding employees enrolling in or making changes to their health/dental/vision and flexible spending account benefits.

Guidelines for Health Care Benefits Enrollments and Changes (PDF)

You have 31 days (62 days for birth, adoption and Medicaid coverage change) from the life event date to make changes to your health benefits. If you do not make changes within the 31-day deadline, you must wait until the annual open enrollment (in November) to make any changes and the effective date will be January 1.

Learn more about life events and employment changes and make sure that you understand what is needed to continue or end benefit coverage for you and your family.