Life Events

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Health Benefits Fund
Notify the Fund Office if you are planning to cover a stepchild under this Fund. You must provide certain information in order to cover your stepchild under the Health Benefits Fund
 
If the natural parents were married, you’ll need to provide the Fund Office with the following:
  • The child’s birth certificate;
  • The child’s Social Security card;
  • The divorce decree; and
  •  A joint tax return showing that the Member claims the child as a dependent.
 
If the natural parents were never married, the following is needed:
  • The child’s birth certificate;
  • The child’s Social Security card;
  • A joint tax return showing that the Member claims the child as a dependent; and
  • The court order. If no court order exists, you must provide a written statement indicating whether the natural mother has insurance for the child(ren) and whether the natural father has insurance for the child(ren).
 
If one of the natural parents has passed away, the following is needed:
  • The child’s birth certificate;
  • The child’s Social Security card;
  • A joint tax return showing that the Member claims the child as a dependent; and
  • A copy of the death certificate of the natural parent.
 
Pension and Annuity Funds
Adding a child to your family does not affect your Pension or Annuity Fund benefits. However, you can name your child(ren) as “contingent” beneficiary. In the event of your death, if your primary beneficiary is not living, any death benefits due would be payable to your contingent beneficiary.