Other eligible individual
Under the Other Eligible Individual (OEI) program a benefits-eligible MSU employee or retiree who does not have a spouse eligible to enroll for health, dental, supplemental life insurance, and/or accidental death & dismemberment coverage may enroll one (1) OEI, but only if ALL of the following eligibility criteria are met:
• The OEI currently resides in the same residence as the employee and has done so for the last 18 continuous months, other than as a tenant;
• The OEI is not a “dependent” of the employee as defined by the IRS; and
• The OEI is not eligible to inherit from the employee under the laws of intestate succession in the State of Michigan.
Children of an employee’s OEI may be eligible on their health, dental, supplemental life insurance, and/or accidental death & dismemberment coverage. Once the dependent turns age 19, view detailed eligibility information on the Dependent Turns Age 19 - 25 page.
Eligibility to continue coverage for an OEI ceases on the date the above criteria is no longer met. Employees and retirees must immediately notify MSU Human Resources of a change in eligibility status and complete an “Affidavit of Termination of Other Eligible Individual Partnership form”.
The following individuals do not fall within the eligibility criteria for this program:
• Children and their descendents (i.e., children, grandchildren)
• Parents’ descendents (i.e., siblings, nieces, nephews)
• Grandparents and their descendents (i.e., aunts, uncles, cousins)
• Renters, boarders, tenants, etc
As a retiree, you may add your eligible OEI to your health/dental benefit plan and receive the university’s contribution, if your OEI was officially registered on or before January 1, 2009, and you were retired or had met the minimum retirement eligibility criteria on or before that date. In the event of your death, your OEI may continue coverage with the MSU contribution; however, they may not add a new partner to the plan. If your OEI was not registered on or before January 1, 2009, or you were not retired/eligible to retire on that date, your OEI is eligible to enroll and purchase a heath/dental plan consistent with the plan you are enrolled in.
Tax implications of covering an OEI under your benefits
IRS regulations require the university to tax the fair market value of university-provided health and dental benefits for OEIs. The IRS defines fair market value of a fringe benefit as the amount that an individual would have to pay for the particular fringe benefit in an arm’s length transaction. This means what you would have to pay for an individual policy for your other eligible individual in the open market.
Enrollment for OEI
Employee/Retiree: Complete the online process to add the dependent and complete the Other Eligible Individual (OEI) form PDF. You can only enroll OEIs in your benefits at certain times, including during annual health plan open enrollment periods, within 30 days from your hire or within 30 days of experiencing a work status change that makes you newly eligible for benefits.
Please return the OEI form to:
MSU Human Resources
1407 S. Harrison Road, Suite 110
East Lansing, MI 48823-5287
Fax to 517-353-1869
Termination of OEI partnership
Employee/Retiree: To remove an OEI dependent from the coverage, employees and retirees must immediately notify MSU Human Resources of a change in eligibility status and complete the paper version of the “Affidavit of Termination of Other Eligible Individual Partnership form” (see below). Please return the “Affidavit of Termination of Other Eligible Individual Partnership form” to MSU Human Resources at the above address.
MSU Human Resources: Sends the non-MSU employee/retiree Other Eligible Individual (and eligible dependents) continuation of coverage information. If continuation of coverage is elected, MSU sends monthly billing information for payment of premiums to the non-MSU employee/retiree.
If you have questions about OEI benefits, please contact MSU Human Resources at SolutionsCenter@hr.msu.edu, 517-353-4434 or 800-353-4434.
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