New Child and Changes to Benefits 2019

When you add a child to your family by birth or adoption, you have 31 days to notify Tufts Support Services (TSS) of your new addition. Your child’s benefits start as of the date of their birth or adoption.

Relevant Forms

Health, Dental, and Vision Plans

You may add your new child to your health, dental, or vision plans as of the date of their birth or adoption. You may also add coverage for any other dependent (spouse/domestic partner or child) who is eligible for benefits but not already enrolled.

  • Within 31 days of your child’s arrival, complete a Qualified Status Change Form (PDF) and email it to TSS. Make sure to include proof of the birth or adoption such as a birth certificate or court document.
  • After the time frame noted above passes, you will need to wait for the next open enrollment period to change your benefit selections (usually in October or November). If you have questions, call TSS at 617-627-7000.

Supplemental Life Insurance

This life event allows you to increase your supplemental life insurance. If you are not already enrolled in Supplemental Life insurance, you may choose to enroll at this time.

Dependent Child Life Insurance

You may choose coverage for your new eligible dependent (up to age 26) in the amount of $10,000. Make your selection on the Qualified Status Change Form.

Life Insurance Beneficiary

This a good time to review your life insurance beneficiary information. TSS provides detailed information on adding, changing or removing a beneficiary for basic life, supplemental life, or accidental death and dismemberment.

Spouse/Domestic Partner Life Insurance

When adding your child due to this life event, you may also enroll your spouse or domestic partner in dependent life insurance.

Please note: Your spouse or domestic partner’s insurance amount cannot be more than 100% of your combined basic and supplemental life insurance coverage amounts.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Adding a child to your family allows you to enroll in or make changes to your Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs. Please make all changes to your FSAs on the Qualified Status Change Form. You request any changes by contacting TSS within 31 days of your child’s birth or adoption.