benefits enrollment/changes

New Hires/Rehires*

If you are a new hire, you will be able to elect benefit plans using your New Hire/Rehire adjustment reason link located on the EBS Portal. You will be given 30 days from hire date to make your election.

Change Employment Status*

If you have a status that makes you newly eligible for benefits, you will be able to elect plans using your Newly Eligible adjustment reason link located on the EBS PortalYou will be given 30 days from your status change date to make your election.

If you do not enroll in a benefit plan when you are first eligible, you must wait until the next open enrollment period before you can enroll, unless you experience an event that would permit a mid-year election change. Annual open enrollment occurs each year in the fall.

Mid-year Election Changes

A mid-year election change may allow you to begin, stop or change the amount of your benefit plans. Qualifying mid-year/life event changes include:

  • Marriage or Divorce
  • Birth, adoption or legal guardianship of your child
  • Death of a Spouse or Dependent
  • Change in your employment status
  • Loss of Previous Coverage

To complete enrollment go to EBS Portal.

Log in with your MSU NetID and password and complete two-factor authentication.

Adding Dependents

Adding a dependent requires that you complete an Add Family Member or Dependent form for each dependent that you would like to add to your health benefit plans. In addition, you will also be required to supply additional documentation such as marriage certificates, birth certificate(s) and/or court documents for each dependent you are adding. Documents can be:

  • Emailed to SolutionsCenter@hr.msu.edu
  • Faxed to 517-432-3862,
  • Sent by U.S. Mail to or you may bring a copy of your document(s) to the Human Resources Office at:
MSU Human Resources
1407 S. Harrison Road,
Suite 110 Nisbet Building
East Lansing, MI 48823-5239

 

Requests to add new dependents to your plans and documentation must be received within 30 days of being hired, becoming newly eligible or if you have a mid-year qualifying event. If you do not enroll your dependent(s) within the allotted time, you will be required to postpone enrollment until the next open enrollment period in the fall unless you have a qualifying life event. 

Please Note: This step alone does not enroll dependents for benefits. To complete an Add Dependent Form go to the EBS PortalLog in with your MSU NetID and password and complete two-factor authentication.

For more information about the enrollment process and required documentation please contact Human Resources at 517-353-4434 (toll-free 800-353-4434) or at SolutionsCenter@hr.msu.edu

*Health and prescription coverage for eligible support staff hired on or after July 1, 2006, will be effective on the first day of the month following their official hire date. 

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