State Agencies and Local Health Employers
Vol. 19, No. 23
December 12, 2002
Annual Student/Disabled Dependent Status Letters
The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) annually requires
participating health insurance plans to send out the full-time student/disabled
dependent status letter, which is attached for your reference. This
mailing is scheduled to take place between December 16, 2002 and
January 15, 2003. Plans are permitted to terminate dependents if
no reply is received by February 15, 2003. The termination date
for former dependents is the last date of eligibility, which in
most cases is December 31, 2002.
Plans are directed to forward to each employer a list of employees
whose coverage has automatically been changed from family to single
because the subscriber no longer has a covered dependent. In this
case, the employer must request a Health Insurance Application
(ET-2301) from the employee changing from family to single coverage.
In addition, the employer must issue a Continuation/Conversion
Notice (ET-2311) to the dependent.
When family coverage remains in force but a dependent is removed
from coverage, the employer must have the subscriber complete an
Information Change Form (ET-2329) deleting the dependent
from the existing family contract. The employer must also issue
a Continuation/Conversion Notice (ET-2311) to the dependent.
If evidence of the dependent's eligibility is later provided,
the plan will reinstate coverage back to the date of termination.
Please call the Employer Communication Center at (608) 264-7900