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Medical/Dental Insurance
for Faculty, Staff & Librarians — Add a Child



Insurance Eligibility

If you are a UW faculty or staff member who is enrolled in a medical and/or dental plan, your eligible dependents can be enrolled in the same plan you are. If you have previously waived your own UW health insurance coverage, you cannot enroll your dependents. You can enroll yourself at the next open enrollment, or with a qualifying change in family status. Qualifying changes in family status with respect to children are:

Coverage for newborns and newly-adopted children can begin at the date of birth. It can also begin the date you assume legal responsibility for the child’s support in anticipation of adoption. There are important deadlines for adding dependents to your health insurance plan, so act quickly. You can add a dependent child to your health insurance plan as follows:

*Note: If adding the child increases the premium, the subscriber must submit the appropriate enrollment form no later than 12 months after the date of birth. Subscriber may not change plans or add a spouse outside the 60-day special open enrollment. Retroactive premiums will be due back to the date of birth.

Dependent Children

The term “dependent child” includes the following:


Starting Your Child’s Health Insurance Coverage

If you have any questions about eligibility, or about the process of adding a dependent child to your health insurance coverage, contact the Benefits Office.


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Disclaimer: The information on this page does not substitute for official plan documents. If there is a conflict between the information on this site and an official plan document, the official plan document will govern. Refer to the Benefits Forms & Publications page.

Plan availability and eligibility may change depending on your employment status and/or actions of the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), the agency that purchases and coordinates health insurance benefits for public employees, including employees of the University of Washington, through the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) program.

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UW employees must submit valid dependent documentation before their dependent(s) can be enrolled. Learn more.