I gain a domestic partner?
When you gain a domestic partner, you may want to consider making changes to your benefits plan, beneficiaries, payroll tax withholding, and contact/emergency information.
You must make changes to your benefits within 31 days of the event. The decisions you make will affect your benefits for the remainder of the benefits plan year. All changes are submitted to HR for final approval before being sent to the carrier. Some changes may require a form to be completed or for additional information to be provided. Domestic partner coverage is considered imputed income and hence becomes a taxable benefit. Therefore when an employer provides health insurance coverage for the domestic partner or the dependents of the domestic partner of an employee, federal tax law considers the fair market value of that coverage, including the employee's pre-tax contributions, as "imputed income" to the employee.
To make changes, go to Benefitfocus.