Dependents of Covered Members

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Family benefits are available to your eligible dependents. Eligible dependents include:

  • Your spouse.
  • Your unmarried dependent children up to their 19th birthday and between their 19th and 23rd birthdays if they are full-time students in an accredited educational institution. This includes your natural children, legally-adopted children, including children in a waiting period prior to finalization of adoption, and your dependent stepchildren. Other children who reside permanently with you in your household who are chiefly dependent on you for support are also eligible if a court of competent jurisdiction has issued a certificate of guardianship. For this coverage, a Statement of Dependency must be filed with the Fund office. Foster children are not eligible. Also included as eligible dependents are unmarried children, regardless of age, who are incapable of self-sustaining employment by reason of mental retardation or physical incapacity, provided such incapacity existed prior to their attainment of age 19 and further provided that such children reside with a covered member and are wholly dependent on the covered member for support.
  • Your domestic partner and children of your domestic partner. You must provide the same documentation required by the City to enroll domestic partners for health insurance coverage.This includes a completed Domestic Partner Registration Certificate. (The cost of coverage for domestic partners by the Fund may be taxable as income to the Fund member.)

References in this book to spouses are also intended to refer to eligible domestic partners. Likewise, references to children are also intended to refer to children of eligible domestic partners. Student Certification for Funds' Coverage Full-time student dependents of covered members may continue to be covered for Fund benefits up to their 23rd birthday, as long as they provide the Funds' office with a copy of the bursar's receipt or a letter from the educational institution each semester certifying their status as a full-time student. Covered members who have any questions regarding Student Certification should call the Enrollment section at 212.777.9000 ext.3502.It should be noted that the Educational Fund does not provide benefits for your dependents.The Legal Services Fund provides for spouse and/or dependent coverage under specific benefits. Please refer to the Educational and the Legal Services Funds sections of this book for information.

Social Service Employees Union Local 371
817 Broadway, New York, NY 10003