ECU Health benefits are available to you if you’re actively at work, and assigned to a payroll classification of 0.5 FTE or higher.

Your effective date of coverage is the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous employment in a benefits-eligible position. For the Employee Assistance Program, you are eligible on your date of hire.

An enrollment window is provided each year so team members can review and change their coverage(s) for the following year’s benefits plan, beginning Jan. 1. To take advantage of ECU Health benefits, you must enroll by the applicable deadline.

Eligible Dependents

  • Your spouse. The term “spouse” means the individual lawfully married to you.
  • Your domestic partner. Domestic partners must be 18 years of age or older and unmarried; not related by blood in any manner that would prohibit legal marriage; have assumed mutual obligations for the welfare and support of each other; share a common residence and live together as a couple in the same household; and each other’s sole domestic partner.
  • Your qualified children under the age of 26. This can be your biological son or daughter, stepson or stepdaughter, a legally adopted individual, an individual for whom you are legal guardian or who is lawfully placed with you for legal adoption, and/or eligible foster children.
  • Your unmarried child who is disabled, living with you, dependent on you for support and unable to support themselves due to their mental or physical disability.

Documentation Requirements for Dependents

If you enroll your spouse and/or eligible dependent child(ren), when asked, you will need to provide documentation to ECU Health’s dependent verification center, Alight, to confirm their eligibility for coverage. After you enroll, you will receive a packet from the dependent verification center to help guide you through the process.

Acceptable Forms of Documentation Include:

  • Marriage license for spouse
  • Domestic partner attestation
  • Birth certificate for children
  • First page of your most recent tax return listing eligible dependents (for spouse and/or children)
  • Court-ordered guardianship papers, adoption papers or placement letter
  • Divorce decree to show parent/child relationship when names don’t match or to identify responsibility for providing health coverage

Keep in mind that an individual may not be covered under the medical, dental, vision, or life insurance plans as both a team member and a dependent. In addition, an individual may not be considered an eligible dependent for more than one team member.