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I hope someone can give me the answer to this question..

 

I have health insurance through my employer and my plan began September 2018. My question is - when my husband comes here, likely within the first few months of the coming year, will I be able to change my health insurance because of this life event/change? Or will we have to have 2 separate individual plans?

 

Thanks in advance. :) 

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This depends on your insurance plan, so discuss it with your HR team or insurer. But generally becoming a resident is a qualifying event to add a beneficiary to an existing coverage plan, so long as you do so within x days of the marriage.

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9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

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12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

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You can add him immediately after marriage (qualifying life event). We got married the end of November, enrolled him starting December 1 (2016) (Doesn't have to be a resident) However, talking to your health plan admin is the best route to take anyway, but shouldn't be any problems

 

EDIT: I saw you are already married and are doing a CR1 sorry! Definitely talk to your Admin but I still don't imagine this being a problem. Worst case scenario, you will have to wait until their open enrollment period (not sure if September just happens to be when YOU qualified or that is their enrollment period)

 

 

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4/20/16: Application Mailed

4/26/16: NOA1 (Hard Copy Received: 4/30/16)

7/11/16: NOA2 (Hard Copy Received: 7/14/16)

7/28/16: NVC Case# Received!

9/27/16: Interview (APPROVED)

10/28/16: POE

11/26/16: Wedding

AOS

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12/9/16: Package Delivered to Chicago

12/14/16: Check Cashed

12/15/17: NOA1 (All cases)

1/13/17: Biometrics Appointment

1/20/17: Status Changed (I485): Ready to schedule Interview

3/10/17: Service Request (I765) by phone (91 days)

3/10/17: EAD Approved ("New Card is Being Produced")

3/16/17: Received EAD/AP Approval notices in mail

3/21/17: EAD Status Changed: "Card has been mailed to me"

3/21/17: EAD/AP Combo Card received in the mail (102 days) (YAYYYY)

9/13/17: Date of Interview (Approved!)

9/13/17: Status changed to Card in production

9/14/17: Status changed to Case Approved

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So, my employer finally answered me. The answer is "no," according to the HR Director.

 

I spoke with someone from HealthCare.gov, he told me that if I sign up with a plan through them, when my husband comes, they will be able to add him to my plan immediately.

 

So, I should probably cancel my plan through my job. I've never done this before...

12 hours ago, Dotagirlandboy said:

You can add him immediately after marriage (qualifying life event). We got married the end of November, enrolled him starting December 1 (2016) (Doesn't have to be a resident) However, talking to your health plan admin is the best route to take anyway, but shouldn't be any problems

 

EDIT: I saw you are already married and are doing a CR1 sorry! Definitely talk to your Admin but I still don't imagine this being a problem. Worst case scenario, you will have to wait until their open enrollment period (not sure if September just happens to be when YOU qualified or that is their enrollment period)

 

 

 

Yes, September is their open enrollment time. I've been there for years. :) 

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8 minutes ago, ashcashbananas said:

So, my employer finally answered me. The answer is "no," according to the HR Director.

 

I spoke with someone from HealthCare.gov, he told me that if I sign up with a plan through them, when my husband comes, they will be able to add him to my plan immediately.

 

So, I should probably cancel my plan through my job. I've never done this before...

 

Yes, September is their open enrollment time. I've been there for years. :) 

You are not eligible for subsidized health insurance through HealthCare.gov.  You qualify for health insurance through your employer.  A person eligible for health insurance through an employer is not eligible for subsidies through HealthCare.gov.

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12 minutes ago, ashcashbananas said:

So, my employer finally answered me. The answer is "no," according to the HR Director.

 

I spoke with someone from HealthCare.gov, he told me that if I sign up with a plan through them, when my husband comes, they will be able to add him to my plan immediately.

 

So, I should probably cancel my plan through my job. I've never done this before...

 

Yes, September is their open enrollment time. I've been there for years. :) 

What was their reason for saying No? How does this NOT qualify as a qualifying life event? (Just curious, I don't know about that exact circumstance). And were they saying that he couldn't be added AT ALL, or that they WOULD NOT PAY FOR HIM? Because that happened with my husband, they said they don't cover dependents, but when we clarified that we were willing to pay the premium they said THAT was ok, just that they would not pay any part of the premium for dependents. And like "aaron" said, getting a plan, and getting it paid for are two different things. I'm afraid either will not be the simplest thing (we looked into that when my husband's employer first said no). 

 


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4/20/16: Application Mailed

4/26/16: NOA1 (Hard Copy Received: 4/30/16)

7/11/16: NOA2 (Hard Copy Received: 7/14/16)

7/28/16: NVC Case# Received!

9/27/16: Interview (APPROVED)

10/28/16: POE

11/26/16: Wedding

AOS

Spoiler

 

12/9/16: Package Delivered to Chicago

12/14/16: Check Cashed

12/15/17: NOA1 (All cases)

1/13/17: Biometrics Appointment

1/20/17: Status Changed (I485): Ready to schedule Interview

3/10/17: Service Request (I765) by phone (91 days)

3/10/17: EAD Approved ("New Card is Being Produced")

3/16/17: Received EAD/AP Approval notices in mail

3/21/17: EAD Status Changed: "Card has been mailed to me"

3/21/17: EAD/AP Combo Card received in the mail (102 days) (YAYYYY)

9/13/17: Date of Interview (Approved!)

9/13/17: Status changed to Card in production

9/14/17: Status changed to Case Approved

9/19/17: Green Card in Hand :D

 

 
 

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10 minutes ago, aaron2020 said:

You are not eligible for subsidized health insurance through HealthCare.gov.  You qualify for health insurance through your employer.  A person eligible for health insurance through an employer is not eligible for subsidies through HealthCare.gov.

 

I can pay full price for the insurance plans through HealthCare.gov...

As I can see, when I answered all the questions, it shows me exactly what I'm eligible for.

The difference between the coverage through my employer and the coverage through HealthCare.gov is that my employer said I can not add my husband to their group plan when he comes, and HealthCare.gov said they can get him added to any plan that I enroll in now once he comes.

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Perhaps HR are not familiar with immigration being a qualifying event, not something they have come across before?


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1 hour ago, ashcashbananas said:

So, my employer finally answered me. The answer is "no," according to the HR Director.

 

I spoke with someone from HealthCare.gov, he told me that if I sign up with a plan through them, when my husband comes, they will be able to add him to my plan immediately.

 

So, I should probably cancel my plan through my job. I've never done this before...

 

Yes, September is their open enrollment time. I've been there for years. :) 

This is wrong. Immigration is a qualifying life event. It's how we got health insurance outside open enrolment.

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43 minutes ago, SusieQQQ said:

https://blog.taxact.com/life-events-that-qualify-for-special-enrollment-period/

 

Not official but I'm sure you can find an official source. 

Yes, but that is in reference to the marketplace, not the OP's employer's plan.

 

I concur that the plan most likely does permit enrollment as a qualifying life event. I just can't say with 100% confidence every plan does so. It's possible the ACA does require it for any ACA-compliant plan, but I have yet to find wording of this.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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4 hours ago, geowrian said:

Yes, but that is in reference to the marketplace, not the OP's employer's plan.

 

I concur that the plan most likely does permit enrollment as a qualifying life event. I just can't say with 100% confidence every plan does so. It's possible the ACA does require it for any ACA-compliant plan, but I have yet to find wording of this.

 

  This is correct. Qualifying events for the marketplace are not necessarily the same as qualifying events for group coverage.


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