State of Florida extends insurance, retirement benefits to legally married same-sex couples

By on January 8, 2015

Employees whose marriages are legally recognized in Florida as of Jan. 6, 2015—including legal marriages performed outside the state of Florida—have been granted a qualifying status change event window from Tuesday, Jan. 6, through Friday, March 6, to enroll in a state of Florida family plan.

To enroll in or make change your benefits plans

Employees who wish to enroll in a state of Florida plan will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Call the People First Service Center toll-free at (866) 663-4735. TTY users may call (866) 221-0268. Service Center hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time. Please note that the service center will be closed on Jan. 19
  1. Supply the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of the legal spouse and any eligible dependent children to be covered
  1. Certify that the spouse and children meet eligibility requirements

For answers to questions about eligibility, enrollment and payments, employees should call People First at (866) 663-4735. To learn more about plan benefits and details, please visit the myBenefits website or contact the insurance companies directly.

GatorCare and UF Select plan participants should request any benefits changes by March 3

Employees enrolled in a GatorCare health plan or UFSelect plan with same-sex spouse coverage may either continue current coverage or request to terminate from their existing plans in order to enroll in the state’s benefit program.

Employees may make this request by contacting the UF Benefits office at (352) 392-2477 between Jan. 6 and March 3 to request cancellation from GatorCare and/or UFSelect plans to prevent duplicate coverage with the state’s and UF benefit programs.

To make changes to your retirement
Florida Retirement System (FRS) members whose marriages are legally recognized in Florida as of Jan. 6 are also permitted to use existing forms and processes to include their legal spouse as a beneficiary for their retirement benefits based on the following:

  1. Members who have not retired can access their Online Services account to confirm or update their beneficiary designation. A Beneficiary Designation, Form BEN-001, can also be completed and returned to the division to update a beneficiary designation.
  1. Members preparing to retire will complete and return the current retirement application packets for retirement benefits, including Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP).

If you have questions or concerns about naming a legal spouse as beneficiary at retirement or to begin DROP participation, please call the division toll-free at (844) 377-1888 or (850) 907-6500 in the local Tallahassee calling area.

For answers to questions regarding state of Florida insurance changes, please call People First at (866) 663-4735; for GatorCare and UFSelect inquiries, please call UF Benefits at (352) 392-2477; and for answers to retirement questions, please contact the Division of Retirement at (844) 377-1888.

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