Qualifying Life Events

When you enroll in benefits, typically, you must stay enrolled for the entire plan year. This means that you cannot make changes to your benefits mid-year. However, there are certain qualifying life events (also known as qualifying status changes), defined by the IRS, that may allow you to make changes to your benefits outside of an Open Enrollment period.

Examples of a qualifying life event include:

  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Having a baby or adopting a child
  • Death of a dependent
  • Loss of coverage elsewhere
  • Gain of coverage elsewhere
  • A dependent becoming ineligible for coverage
  • Moving from a non-benefit eligible position to a benefit-eligible position
  • Transferring between full-time and part-time status

You must complete your enrollment within 31 days of a qualifying life event. Once your elections have been finalized, they cannot be changed unless you experience another qualifying life event. If you do not make your elections within 31 days of the qualifying life event, you will not be permitted to make any changes until the next open enrollment period.

Submit a Qualifying Life Event

Step 1

Log in to MyWay-PeopleSoft with your User ID and Password

Step 2

Select “My Benefits

Step 3

Select “Submit a Qualifying Life Event” from the sidebar menu

Step 4

Enter the date of your qualifying life event

Step 5

Select the type of qualifying life event

Step 6

Check the “Health Benefits Documentation Affidavit” box indicating that you have read and understand

Step 7

Click “Submit” to submit your request

You will receive an email from Human Resources the next day with a link to make your benefit elections.

Subject to union negotiations. We are required by law to deal with the unions on behalf of unionized team members, and we will continue to do so. We will only negotiate with the unions, not with individual unionized team members.