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Definition of Dependent

Qualified Dependents - Tuition policies and other non-healthcare related policies

A qualified dependent is:

  1. Your legal spouse;

  2. Any unmarried child who is your biological child, step child or legally adopted* child, or a child whom you have legal guardianship and a child for whom you (the employee) legally claims as a dependent for federal income tax purposes, and who is:

    • less than 19 years old; or
    • 19 years old but less than 25 years old, enrolled in school as a full-time student and primarily supported by you; or
    • any age if permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year.

Qualified Dependents - Healthcare related policies

As defined in the Employee Benefit Guide as Benefit Eligible:

  1. For Medical, Dental and Vision your qualified dependents include:

    • your legal spouse;
    • children to age 26;
    • 19 or more years old and primarily supported by you and incapable of self-sustaining employment by reason of mental or physical disability.**
  2. For Voluntary Dependent Life, your covered dependents include your spouse and children to age 26 as long as they depend on the employee for 50% of the child's support.

  3. Anyone who is eligible as an Employee will not be considered as a Dependent.

  4. No one may be considered as a Dependent of more than one Employee.

*A child includes a legally adopted child including: (a) a child who has been placed with you for adoption provided the child is not removed from placement prior to legal adoption; or (b) a child for whom entry of an order granting custody to you has been made

** Proof of the child's condition and dependence must be submitted to our healthcare provider within 120 days after the date the child ceases to qualify above. Our healthcare provider may, from time to time, require proof of the continuation of such condition and dependence.