Retirees (not surviving spouses or same-sex domestic partners) can add dependents to coverage by contacting Retiree Health Care Connect (RHCC) by phone or via the website. When contacting RHCC retirees must provide the date of birth, date of the event and Social Security Number for the dependent being added. If the retiree requests the dependent be added within 30 days of the event, the effective date for the following events will be the effective date of the event:
• Birth or adoption
- Court order/Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMCSO)
RHCC Call Center
If the retiree requests the dependent be added more than 30 days after the date of the event, the effective date will be the first of the month following the request.
The retiree will receive a confirmation of enrollment via the web or mail, depending on how the dependent was added. The information regarding the new dependent will be sent to the carrier the 1st Wednesday following the enrollment. After the carriers receive the information from the RHCC it will take about 3-5 business days to load the data into their system. Retirees should expect to receive ID cards for the newly added dependent, if necessary, within 7-10 business days after receipt of the file.
Important reminders when adding dependents:
In most cases paperwork is not required when adding dependents. After a dependent is added, however, the retiree may be required to provide documentation as proof of eligibility.
Paperwork must be received when a participant is requesting to add a Legal Guardianship or Court Order/QMCSO dependent before the dependent can be added. Legal Guardian dependents will be effective the 1st of the month after the receipt and approval of the requested documentation.
• Participants requesting to add a Legal Guardianship Dependent will be asked to provide a copy of the birth certificate, legal guardianship papers (stating full and permanent custody), proof of residency, and the last Federal 1040 filed
– The first five digits of the Social Security Numbers and income figures may be concealed for privacy and security
• Participants who are adding a Court Order/QMCSO dependent will be asked to provide a full copy of the court document. Documentation should be sent to:
UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
PO Box 14309
Detroit, MI. 48214-9987
The Trust will conduct periodic audits to ensure that all dependents remain eligible for coverage. During these audits, retirees will be required to provide proof of eligibility for all dependents.
It is the responsibility of the retiree to contact Retiree Health Care Connect (RHCC) when dependents become ineligible for coverage. Dependents who no longer meet the five eligibility tests should be removed from coverage. Spouses should be removed in the case of a divorce. Please note: it will be the contract holder/member’s responsibility to pay for any fees (claims, premiums, etc) associated with a ineligible dependent.