The Institute requires all MIT faculty and staff to document dependents' eligibility for health care benefits. See frequently asked questions below or learn about the background and process for fulfilling this requirement.
As many of you are aware, MIT receives a significant portion of its annual revenue from research grants and contracts: $1.47 billion in FY11 for campus and Lincoln Laboratory, of which 87% comes from federal government sponsors. Approximately 40% of that revenue represents reimbursement for the cost of salaries and fringe benefits for MIT faculty and staff who directly devote time and effort associated with these awards. Reimbursement for fringe benefits alone is roughly $124 million in FY11. In addition, through many jobs across campus, MIT employees indirectly support the Institute's research efforts, and therefore a portion of their salaries and fringe benefits are also reimbursable.
The federal government actively reviews the financial records of federal contractors such as MIT for compliance. In response to the current financial climate, the government has been concentrating its efforts on ensuring that only allowable costs are reimbursed to federal contractors. One result of this focus has been increased efforts to verify the benefits eligibility of employee dependents (e.g., current spouse or domestic partner; birth, adopted or step child(ren) -- see complete list in PDF format). The cost of these benefits can only be reimbursed if the dependents' eligibility can be verified.
Please see this list (PDF).
Please see this list (PDF).
You have several options. You can scan it and send it via PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can mail it to the Benefits Office, 77 Mass Ave. E19-215, Cambridge, MA 02139. You can walk it into the Benefits Office at 400 Main St. in Cambridge.
Please send us copies because we will not be able to return any of the documentation. We will put your information into the system and then will shred it.
Yes, as long as it has the name of the child and your name.
Yes, as long as it shows the name of the child and spouse's/partner's name AND the marriage certificate showing your name and spouse's/partner's name.
You need to submit the adoption certificate showing name of child, your name, and birthdate of the child.
You need to submit a marriage certificate. The other documents that will be accepted are pending review from legal counsel.
You need to provide a copy of your divorce decree that states you are responsible for your former spouse's health coverage; then, you can enroll your former spouse in an individual plan at full cost.
As soon as possible.
If you provided proof of eligibility when your dependents were newly enrolled, and you keep those same dependents on your coverage from one year to the next, you do not need to provide verification again during Open Enrollment.
Everyone who is covering dependents is required to do so.
You will lose coverage for your dependents.
Please email email@example.com or call the Benefits Office at 1-617-253-6151.