Updated April 13, 2015
DIVORCE AND LEGAL SEPARATION
In accordance with Massachusetts Laws MGL-32A Section 11a, the GIC must be informed of all legal separations and divorces if the insured is covering his/her spouse or former spouse. Failure to notify the GIC will result in financial consequences to the employee and/or former spouse. Collect from the employee the former spouse’s address and copies of the following sections of the legal separation agreement or divorce decree:
- Page with absolute date
- Health insurance language
- Signature pages
Forward these documents to the Director of Operations at the GIC.
If an insured is covering a former spouse on his/her health plan and the employee or former spouse remarries, the GIC must be notified. Inform the employee that if either the employee or former spouse remarries, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws 32A Section 11a, GIC health coverage for the former spouse ends on the date of remarriage. Failure to report a remarriage will result in financial consequences to the employee or former spouse.
For Remarriage of an Employee or Former Spouse:
- Instruct the employee to send the remarriage date in writing to the Director of Operations at the GIC or provide the information on the former spouse section of the Municipal Enrollment/Change Form (Form-1MUN).
- If adding a new spouse, see ADDING A SPOUSE OR DEPENDENT for procedure details.
This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .