How to Re-Evaluate Your Benefits Elections When Welcoming a New Baby

If you’re preparing to add a new member to your family, congratulations! You’re in for years of laughter and love with your new son or daughter. You’re also in for some worry about his or her health and safety — and one of the best ways to alleviate those concerns is with smart employee benefits choices. Adding someone to your family is often seen as a “qualifying life event,” which is the term used to define events that may require changes to your health coverage and other benefits. Employees who have qualifying events are allowed to make changes to their coverage choices without having to wait for their employer’s open enrollment period. Making sure your child has health insurance and your family’s financial security is protected will take some of the worries away. So how can you do that? Re-examine your benefits now. Add Your New Son or Daughter to …

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4 Benefits Elections to Re-Evaluate When You Get Married

4 Benefits Elections to Re-Evaluate When You Get Married

Getting married brings a lot of changes to your life, and your employee benefits are no exception. Marriage is almost always considered a qualifying life event that makes it possible to make changes outside your employer’s open enrollment period. Once you get married, it’s time to take a look at your benefits elections and decide what needs to change to reflect your new status. Here’s what you should consider. 1. Health Insurance There are several things to look at when it comes to your health insurance. “If both of you have coverage through different employers, review both plans to see which one offers the best coverage for the best price,” says Matthew Trujillo, a certified financial planner. Find out whether each person has an individual deductible or whether the deductible is total dollars paid in. Compare the out-of-pocket maximum, premiums, coinsurance and employer subsidy for each plan, too. Finally, look …

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