Changing Benefit Elections

The majority of your benefits may only be elected/changed during Annual Benefits Enrollment or if a qualifying life event change occurs. Other offerings may be elected/changed throughout the year.

Annual Benefits Enrollment

You have the opportunity to review your elections and make changes for the coming plan year during Annual Benefits Enrollment each Spring.

Life Event Changes

Outside Annual Benefits Enrollment, you may only make changes to certain elections if you have a qualifying life event change.

Throughout-the-Year Changes

Additionally, Wake Forest offers a number of benefit plans that may be elected, changed, or canceled throughout the year.


Annual Benefits Enrollment

Each Spring you have the opportunity to review your elections and make changes for the coming plan year. Ensure that you submit an enrollment form by the deadline if you are changing benefit elections, adding or removing a dependent(s), covering an eligible spouse on the medical plan, and/or planning to participate in a Flexible Spending Account. If you are adding a dependent(s) or eligible spouse, you will be required to submit verification documents to Human Resources by the Annual Benefits Enrollment deadline through email, fax, or campus mail.

Life Event Changes

Live event changes allow you to make certain election changes outside Annual Benefits Enrollment. Generally, your changes will become effective on the date of your qualifying event (date of birth, marriage, etc.). You have 30 days from the date of the qualifying event to submit an enrollment form; otherwise, you must wait until the next Annual Benefits Enrollment period to make changes. If you are adding a dependent(s) or eligible spouse, you will be required to submit verification documents to Human Resources within 30 days of the event through email, fax, or campus mail. Qualifying events include:

  • Marriage
  • Death of spouse, divorce, legal separation or annulment
  • Gain or loss of an eligible dependent for reasons such as birth, adoption, placement for adoption, or death
  • Dependent satisfies or no longer satisfies eligibility requirements for reasons such as reaching the dependent age limit
  • Change in spouse’s employment affecting benefits eligibility
  • Change in spouse’s benefits coverage with another employer that affects benefits eligibility
  • Change in faculty or staff work status
  • Eligibility for enrollment in Medicare/Medicaid
  • Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) eligible
  • Change in residence (applies only to Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account)

Throughout-the-Year Changes

Wake Forest offers the below benefit plans that may be elected, changed, or canceled throughout the year. New enrollments or increases to life insurance coverage amounts may require a medical history application. Throughout-the-year changes include:

  • Voluntary life insurance
  • Voluntary dependent life insurance
  • Long-term care insurance
  • NC 529 College Savings Plan
  • Retirement plan
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

Wake Forest University Human Resources
2598 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106  |  P.O. Box 7424
AskHR@wfu.edu   |  P (336) 758-4700 |  F (336) 758-6127

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