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Dependent Turning Age 26

Review requested

Before your dependent child looses coverage through the University benefit plans, we ask that you verify their SSN and mailing address to ensure a COBRA is sent timely.  This can be done via myHR by following these instructions.

When coverage ends and proof of coverage

Coverage for your dependent child will continue until the end of the month in which they turned age 26. After coverage has ended, COBRA enrollment information will be mailed to the home address of the faculty or staff member who is the Northwestern employee. Additionally, after coverage has ended, a Certificate of Credible Coverage can be obtained from BCBSIL, which is the official document that the dependent uses to show they lost coverage. Northwestern does not provide this information directly to the employee or dependent.

Change your health insurance enrollment.

The dependent is removed from your coverage automatically at the end of the month in which they turned age 26. No action is required on your part. If a premium change is required due to a coverage tier change, your payroll deduction is automatically updated. Please review your paystubs to ensure the proper deduction is being taken.