Updated on June 24, 2014

Q) I am getting a legal separation or divorce.  What do I need to do?
A) You must notify the GIC when you are legally separated or divorced by sending the GIC a letter with your name, GIC identification number (usually it is your Social Security Number), address, signature, and your legally separated or divorced spouse's name and last known home address. You must also send a copy of  the following sections of your legal separation or divorce agreement: page with the date the legal separation or the date the divorce became final, health insurance provisions, and signature pages. Also provide your new spouse's name, date of birth, and Social Security Number.

If you fail to report a legal separation, divorce or remarriage, your health plan and the GIC have the right to seek recovery of health claims paid or premiums owed for your former spouse.

Q) I am a GIC insured and am divorced.  Is my divorced spouse eligible for GIC benefits?

A)  According to Massachusetts law, former spouses are not eligible for GIC coverage if the divorce took place on March 27, 1985 or earlier.  Depending on the divorce decree language, if your divorce took place after March 27, 1985, your former spouse may be eligible for GIC coverage.  See preceding question for more information.

Q) Can I remove my legally separated or former spouse from my GIC health coverage?
A) The legally separated or former spouse can be removed according to the terms of your divorce agreement. If the former spouse provides proof of other health coverage and does not wish to remain on the GIC's coverage he/she can be removed from your policy.

Q) If I (the insured) remarry, can I remove my former spouse from my GIC health coverage?
A) If you or your legally separated or divorced spouse remarries, coverage for the legally separated or divorced spouse ends under your family plan, in accordance with state laws. This is true even if your new spouse does not need or want GIC health coverage. Failure to report a remarriage in a timely manner may result in financial liabilities. Depending on language in the divorce agreement, the former spouse may be eligible as an individual for a divorced spouse rider or COBRA coverage. Alternately, if he or she is a Massachusetts resident, he/she may purchase health insurance from the Health Connector (1-877-623-6765). If he/she lives out of state, contact the Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage information in that state.

Q) I am legally separated or divorced and am receiving coverage under my former spouse who recently died. What are my health options?
A) Legally separated and former spouse are not eligible for survivor coverage. A legally separated or former spouse may elect GIC COBRA health coverage. Alternately, if you are a Massachusetts resident, you may purchase health insurance from the Health Connector (1-877-623-6765). If he/she lives out of state, contact the Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage information in that state.

Q) As a divorced employee/retiree who is remarrying, what do I need to do?
A) You must notify the GIC in writing that you have remarried, even if you do not wish to add your spouse to your GIC health insurance coverage send a copy of your new marriage certificate, GIC ID number (usually it is your Social Security Number), and your former spouse's last known home address. If you have not already done so, please include the following sections of your divorce agreement: page with the 'divorce absolute' date (the date divorce became final), health insurance provisions, and signature pages. Also provide your new spouse's name, date of birth, and Social Security Number. Please note that if your former spouse is getting remarried, you must report the remarriage to the GIC by writing to the GIC's Director of Operations; include your former spouse's remarriage and last known address.

If you fail to report a legal separation, divorce or remarriage, your health plan and the GIC have the right to seek recovery of health claims paid or premiums owed for your former spouse.

Q) My former spouse is getting remarried; what do I need to do?
A) Send the remarriage date of your legally former spouse and his/her last known address in writing to the Director of Operations at the GIC. Your legally separated or former spouse may apply for COBRA coverage by completing the COBRA application and sending it to the GIC. Alternately, if he or she is a Massachusetts resident, he/she may purchase health insurance from the Health Connector (1-877-623-6765). If he/she lives out of state, contact the Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage information in that state.

If you fail to report a legal separation, divorce or remarriage, your health plan and the GIC have the right to seek recovery of health claims paid or premiums owed for your former spouse.

Q) I am divorced or legally separated from my spouse and would like all my own and/or my children's medical statements mailed directly to me. How can this be arranged?
A) Please send this request in writing to the Group Insurance Commission with the following information: Insured's name and Social Security Number, your name and/or the name of your children, and the address to where you live and are requesting the statements to be mailed. If you have additional questions, call the GIC 617-727-2310 ext. 1.


This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .