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Eligibility for Coverage


You are eligible to enroll if you are:

  • A regular full-time, part-time or temporary Board of Regents-appointed employee
  • Assigned to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, and
  • Working on an appointment lasting a minimum of five consecutive months

You are eligible for benefits on the first day of the month following your date of hire (or the first of the month if you begin employment on the first day of the month)

Your spouse under a legally valid marriage which follows the criteria listed below, is eligible for coverage:

  • Any legally recognized marriage
  • A common-law union that began in Idaho prior to Jan. 1, 1996
  • Common-law relationship that is valid in another state and is recognized by Idaho state laws

What if your spouse is a University of Idaho employee?

A participant cannot be covered as both an employee and as a dependent. If your spouse is employed in a benefits-eligible university position:

  • One employee can waive medical coverage and be covered as a dependent spouse of the other
  • Each employee can enroll in employee-only coverage

If you and your spouse have dependent children, all of your dependent children will be covered under only one employee's plan.

A child under the age of 26 is eligible for coverage. For purposes of the plan, a "child" means your:

  • Biological child
  • Legally adopted child or child placed with you for adoption
  • Stepchild
  • Child for whom you are the legal guardian
  • Child who is required to be covered by a Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMSCO)

Coverage will terminate for your child on the last day of the month of his or her 26th birthday, unless he or she is incapable of self-support because of a physical or mental disability that began prior to age 26. You must apply for this continuation within 31 days after the child reaches age 26.

You may now enroll a qualified Other Eligible Adult for medical benefits effective Jan. 1, 2013. For the purposes of the plan, a "qualified other eligible adult" is defined as someone who is:

  1. Age 18 or older and mentally competent to consent, and
  2. Not legally married to anyone, and
  3. Are living together, with the employee, and have resided together continuously for the previous six-months, and intend to do so indefinitely, and
  4. Financially interdependent with the employee, copies of at least two of the following are required as proof of relationship:
    • A joint mortgage or lease or other evidence of common residence such as joint utility bills
    • Durable property or health care power of attorney
    • Joint checking account/credit account

Restrictions for Other Eligible Adult

An Other Eligible Adult may not be related to the employee through an of the following relationships?

  1. Parent
  2. Parents' other descendants (siblings, nieces, nephews)
  3. Grandparents and their descendants (aunts, uncles, cousins)
  4. Renters, boarders, tenants, employees
  5. Children or their descendants (children, grandchildren)

In order to add an Other Eligible Adult to your medical plan, a Qualification Affidavit must be completed, notarized and uploaded to the myBenefits website. To do this, simply log in to the myBenefits site via VandalWeb and click on view/upload documents. Other Eligible Adults and/or their dependents may be added to the plan only during a qualifying life event, like losing other coverage or during annual enrollment for the following plan year.

In addition to the Qualification Affidavit of Other Eligible Adult, copies of at least two of the following documents are required to prove financial inter-dependency:

  • A joint mortgage or lease or evidence of common residence such as joint utility bills
  • Durable property or health care power of attorney
  • Joint checking account/credit account

Click the link below to download the affidavit in PDF format.

Qualification Affidavit of Other Eligible Adult
Affidavit of Termination of Qualification of Other Eligible Adult

Adding a non-tax dependent to your health insurance coverage may have tax consequences. Click the link below to learn more about Imputed Income for Other Eligible Adults.

Other Eligible Adult Tax Implications

Physical Address:
415 West 6th Street
Moscow, ID 83844-4332 

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS 4332
Moscow, ID 83844-4332

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Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Academic Year Hours:
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Phone: 208-885-3697

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