Life Events Overview
At Stanford, we know things change, and we want to help you prepare for whatever comes your way — good, bad or just different. A change in your personal or work life can change your benefits. When a "life event" takes place, you may make mid-year changes to some or all of your benefit elections. This section includes information on the following life events:
Whether embarking on a new commitment or ending an existing one, find out what can change for you and your spouse/partner's benefits.
A new child changes everything, even your benefits. Learn about what you need to do with your benefits when you have a new child, or when your child gains or loses coverage. Also find out about Stanford's maternity, adoption and child care benefits.
Before you take time off — whether for family leave, disability or otherwise — make sure your benefits are covered.
A job change for you or your spouse/domestic partner can affect your benefit eligibility. Keep up with your benefits coverage when you start a new job, go from part-time to full-time (and back again), retire or leave your job.
Other life events — such as an unanticipated injury, death or even a name or address change — may impact your benefits.
Medical & Life
Be Aware! 31-Day Window
You must make changes to your benefits within 31 days of your life event or wait until the next Open Enrollment period. Some coverage begins on the date of the event (e.g., marriage) or on the date of election (e.g. life insurance). Logon to MyBenefits in the upper right corner of this page.
If you are still an active employee, nothing changes. However, if you are a retiree and turning age 65, your health benefits will change. See Retiree Health Benefits in the Medical & Life section to learn more, or contact Stanford Benefits.
- Surviving Family of Employee or RetireeInformation for Surviving Family Members of Employee or Retiree
List of benefits available to surviving family members of deceased employees and retirees, as well as how to access them.
- When Your Life ChangesWhen Your Life Changes
Discusses all the life events that make you eligible to alter your benefits package.
- Layoff Benefits Overview PresentationLayoff Benefits Overview Presentation
An audio presentation to guide laid off employees about what happens to their benefits at the end of employment. Includes information about health coverage (medical, dental, and vision), life insurance, disability coverage, education assistance benefits, flexible spending accounts, retirement savings plans, vacation/PTO pay and COBRA costs.