Upon first certifying as domestic partners, your qualified domestic partner and his or her dependent children will be eligible for health benefits no earlier than ninety days following the date this document is completed and presented to the Fund office.
For continued coverage, you and your qualified domestic partner must recertify and file a new Domestic Partnership Affidavit with all required documentation every twelve months. As long as you recertify by this annual deadline, there will be no additional waiting period for renewed eligibility.
If you do not recertify by your annual deadline, your domestic partner and his or her dependent children will lose health coverage until you again certify your domestic partnership status.
You can have only one qualified domestic partner or one spouse active on your health plan at a time.
Health benefit coverage for qualified domestic partners and their dependents will respectively match health benefits provided to spouses and dependents. Qualified domestic partners and their dependents are also subject to the same Plan rules stated in this Summary Plan Description.
Other benefits, such as Pre-Paid Legal, Industry Training Program and Scholarship are not available to domestic partners or children of domestic partners.
Domestic partners are not considered “qualified beneficiaries” under the federal COBRA laws and therefore will have no right under the law for continued self-pay benefits after a “qualifying event” which causes loss of health coverage.
The covered member must notify the Central Administration office within fifteen days of any change in status as domestic partners which would change eligibility for Fund benefits. Upon termination of domestic partner status, the covered member must also submit a Statement of Domestic Partnership Termination (included on last page) to the Fund Office and mail a copy to the domestic partner within the same fifteen-day timeframe.
Qualified domestic partners must prove that they have resided together and been financially interdependent for at least six months prior to the submission of this affidavit. Any dependent children being enrolled for coverage have also met this residency and financial interdependence requirement.