Dependent verification
What is dependent verification?

Dependent verification is a way of showing proof that any dependent you would like to enroll for benefits coverage meets our plan guidelines for eligibility. It's a very simple, very important process. You only need to do it once, unless you drop a dependent and try to add that dependent back later. 

Am I required to verify my dependents?

Yes, you must verify your dependents. In fact, there can be serious consequences, including losing coverage for yourself and your dependents, if you try to cover individuals who don't meet the definition of an eligible dependent.

What kind of documentation do I need?

For a child, one of these documents verifies eligibility:

  • Adoption certificate
  • Adoption placement agreement
  • Birth certificate with parent’s name listed
  • Documentation of legal custody
  • Documentation of legal guardianship
  • Hospital birth record (within 90 days of birth)
  • Qualified medical child support order

 

For a spouse, one of these documents verifies eligibility:

  • Current federal tax return showing your spouse listed
  • Declaration of informal marriage
  • Marriage license or certificate

 

If your dependent is a stepchild, you must also provide a copy of a marriage certificate or current tax return to substantiate the child’s relationship to the employee or spouse. If you send a copy of your tax return, block out any social security numbers or financial information. Only the first page of your return is required. 

Helpful resources

For complete details, view these FAQs or call the HISD Benefits Service Center at 877-780-HISD (4473). 

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