Birth, adoption, placement for adoption or legal guardianship of your child

Note: To help you understand how life events may impact your benefits, examples have been included in this section. However, eligibility for plan benefits (be it retirement, medical or the other benefits listed here) is based on the terms of the particular plans, and a benefit being listed under the Life events tab does not mean that you are eligible for that particular benefit. For plan eligibility questions, please refer to the Benefits Handbook.

Congratulations on your new family member! Birth, adoption, placement for adoption or legal guardianship are considered qualifying status changes and as such, you may make changes to your BP benefits so they align with the needs of your new family. Changes you make must be on account of, and logically relate to, the event. For example, when you have a baby, you may enroll your child for medical coverage, but you may not drop medical coverage for yourself unless you are enrolling in your spouse/domestic partner’s employer’s plan.
 

Benefit Available Changes Deadline Other Things to Consider
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
You may:
  • Enroll for coverage.
  • Add your newly eligible dependent to your coverage. If you already have You + child(ren)/family coverage, you still need to add your new eligible dependent for his/her coverage to take effect.
  • Change from You + child(ren)/family to You only coverage if your eligible dependents enroll in your spouse’s/domestic partner’s employer’s coverage.
  • Cancel your coverage if you enroll in your spouse’s/domestic partner’s employer’s coverage. Coverage ends at the end of the month in which the event occurs.
  • Change medical and/or dental options.
Note: Special rules on switching between the HCFSA and the HSA mid-year may limit your available medical options if you change medical plans. See the Benefits Handbook for more details.
Within 30 days of the life event 
If you:
  • Make your benefit changes within 30 days of the life event, the change is effective back to the date of the actual event.
  • Miss the 30-day enrollment window, you may add eligible dependents at any time if you already have coverage for yourself and at least one other dependent at the time of the event. In this case, coverage for the newly added dependent takes effect on the enrollment date.
  • If you participate in a BP medical or dental option and you experience a life event that allows you to enroll a dependent, you may make changes to the medical and/or dental plan in which you participate.
  • If you enroll an eligible dependent child who is not your dependent for federal income tax purposes, federal tax law requires your contributions to be taken on an after-tax basis and that you have income imputed based on the value of the company-provided coverage.
Health Care Flexible Spending Account You may:
  • Enroll.
  • Increase your election for the remainder of the plan.
Within 30 days of the life event  If you are already participating, you may not decrease your contributions mid-plan year. 

If you increase your election, only expenses incurred on or after the date of the coverage change are eligible for reimbursement from the newly elected amount. 
Dependent Care Spending Account You may:
  • Enroll.
  • Increase your election for the remainder of the plan.
Within 30 days of the life event  If you are already participating, you may not decrease your contributions mid-plan year. 

If you increase your election, only expenses incurred on or after the date of the coverage change are eligible for reimbursement from the newly elected amount. 
Short-term Disability (STD) No action is required N/A N/A
Long-term Disability (LTD) You may increase or decrease your optional LTD coverage. Any time If you increase the amount of your optional LTD coverage, you may be required to submit evidence of insurability (EOI) before the increased coverage is effective. You will be notified of any EOI that may be required.
  • Basic Life
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Occupational Accidental Death (OAD)
  • No action is required.
  • You may change your beneficiary designation for all or a portion of your life insurance plan benefits at any time. Note that your beneficiary for OAD benefits is the same as for your basic life/AD&D insurance benefits. You may name a separate OAD beneficiary by completing the OAD designation form.
Any time Your beneficiary does not automatically change as a result of your life event. You can update your beneficiary at any time by accessing the BP Benefits Center online.
Group Universal Life (GUL) You can purchase coverage for your new eligible dependent at any time. You must have elected GUL coverage for yourself and/or your spouse/domestic partner in order to elect dependent coverage.

If you already have dependent child GUL coverage, any additional children will be automatically covered.
 

For enrollment:  At any time, but if you enroll within 30 days of the life event, EOI may not be required Coverage for your child: If this is the first child you are enrolling in GUL coverage and you elect dependent child coverage within 30 days of the birth or adoption you may not be required to provide evidence of insurability (EOI).

Coverage for you: You may increase your coverage by one times your base pay or enroll in coverage of one times your base pay without providing EOI if you elect the coverage within 30 days of the event. If you enroll outside of the 30 day window, or if you enroll for more than the guarantee issue amount, you will have to provide evidence of insurability (EOI). MetLife will inform you if any EOI is required.

Long-term Care (LTC) No action is required. The LTC Plan is closed to new enrollments. N/A N/A
  • BP savings plan
  • BP retirement plan
You may:
  • Change the beneficiary designations for all or a portion of your plan benefits.
  • Increase or decrease your BP savings plan contributions.
Any time If you are married, your spouse must provide written and notarized consent if you name a beneficiary other than your spouse as your sole, primary beneficiary.
Next Steps
Review
  • Your benefit options and allowable changes to determine what changes, if any, you'll make to your BP benefits.
  • Your W-4 income tax withholding to determine if you should make changes. If you need to make additional changes, complete a new form available from BP HR Services (accessible online only by employees logged into the BP network).
Remember
  • You must make allowable changes to your medical, dental, vision and spending account participation within 30 days of the life event, otherwise you'll have to wait until the next annual enrollment.
  • You may make changes to income protection and survivor benefits, such as long-term disability, Group Universal Life and long-term care insurance at any time. However, you may be required to provide additional documentation before coverage is effective. See each plan summary for specific information on when you may be required to provide evidence of insurability (EOI).
  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you and your family with any issues that may arise. For information, contact BP Care at 1-800-409-3687. You and your dependents who live with you are eligible for EAP services.
  • You'll need your dependents' personal information including date of birth and Social Security number when enrolling.
  • You may make changes to your BP savings plan at any time. Generally, you may add or change a beneficiary for the BP savings plan or BP retirement plan at any time.
Go to or call
  • John Hancock at 1-800-482-0022 to make changes to your LTC participation.
  • BP Retirement Services at Fidelity at 1-877-272-3334 to make changes to your savings plan or to add or change a beneficiary for the BP savings plan or BP retirement plan (as applicable).


 

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