Life is filled with important decisions — like choosing which benefit plan is right for you and your family. We have introduced changes for 2016, so it is important that you carefully review your options and make informed decisions about your benefits program.

You can find 2015 and 2016 Enrollment Guides here.

Associate & Dependent Eligibility Rules

Associate eligibility

For benefits eligibility and full-time associate rates, you must be 0.9 full-time equivalent (FTE) and scheduled to work at least 36 hours per week. For benefits eligibility and part-time associate rates, you must be regularly scheduled to work 20 hours per week.

Who Can You Enroll In Coverage

  • Your legal spouse.
  • Your common-law spouse if you live in a state that recognizes such marriages (an affidavit is required).
  • Legally domiciled adults and children 
         — Legally Domiciled Adult and Children FAQ
         — Legally Domiciled Adult and Children Affidavit

  • A civil union as defined by the state of Colorado (Vision and Life Insurance only). 
  •  Your children and stepchildren from birth to age 26.
  •  Your adult child who depends solely on you for support because of a mental or physical handicap (documentation is required)
Learn more about the Dependent Audit process by reviewing the "Dependent Eligibility Audit" section below.

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Dependent Eligibility Audit

Dependent Verification of Eligibility

Once you have enrolled in your benefits, you will be mailed a letter to your home mailing address listed in Lawson as well as an email to your work email address within 30 days from the date you enrolled. The letter and email from HMS will ask you to provide documentation supporting eligibility for only new dependents you add to the 2016 plans. Examples of acceptable documentation include a marriage certificate, birth certificate, recent tax filings, etc. You'll find a complete list of acceptable documents here.

Reminder: Unverified dependents are dropped from coverage based on the requirements outlined in your letter from HMS. 

For questions, additional information, or to complete the audit electronically once you've received a letter from HMS: 

  • Call HMS: 1-855-819-5806
  • Visit HMS's website:        
    • Upload required documents
    • Check status of your dependent audit
    • Find helpful resources