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Waiving Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Coverage

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Question: I am currently covered by my husband’s employers’ plan. I started being covered by it because I was unemployed. Now I will start a new job in September with a company that offers group insurance option. Because of an ongoing medical treatment with the current healthcare provider ( husband’s employers’) I would prefer to stay insured with my husband’s plan. Can my husband’s employer deny me continuing this service? They don’t state it clearly in their policy but they do state that they need to be informed within 15 days of me becoming eligible for another group insurance so I just assume that they will not want to keep me. Is there something I can do about it or is it just perfectly ok because it’s a particular company’s policy?

Answer: There is no federal or state law, regulation or guideline that prevents you from waiving your employer’s group health insurance coverage in favor of remaining covered as a dependent on your spouse’s insurance. When you complete the waiver form, you will indicate that you are covered on your spouse’s plan. This should not be a problem for your employer as they will not have to make a contribution toward your health insurance. Please note: you will not be eligible for your employers health plan until the next open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying event before that time.

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