Family members eligible for coverage under Option C - Family are your spouse (including a valid common law marriage) and unmarried dependent children younger than age 22. Dependent children include a child born within marriage, an adopted child, a stepchild or foster child who lives with you in a regular parent-child relationship, or a recognized natural child. Stillborn children are not covered. An unmarried dependent child age 22 or older who is incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical disability that existed before age 22 is also an eligible family member.
You cannot include a former spouse as a family member under your Option C - Family enrollment after you are divorced, even if the divorce decree specifies that you provide life insurance coverage for your former spouse. If your former spouse was your only eligible family member you should cancel your Option C - Family coverage.
To include a foster child as a family member you must certify that:
- The child is unmarried and younger than age 22 (if the child is older than age 22, he or she must be incapable of self-support);
- The child lives with you;
- The parent-child relationship is with you, not solely the child's biological parent;
- You are the primary source of financial support for the child; and
- You expect to raise the child to adulthood.
To continue coverage on your Option C - Family enrollment for a child older than age 22, you must provide documentation that the child is incapable of working at a self-supporting job because of a physical or mental disability that existed before age 22 and is expected to continue for at least 1 year.