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Who is Eligible for Benefits?

You, your spouse or domestic partner, and dependent children are all eligible for Unity benefits—as long as you are regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours/week.

We recognize that families come in many forms. In addition to your legal spouse: domestic partners and their children; children by birth, adoption and legal guardianship; as well as stepchildren, foster children, and disabled adult dependent children are all eligible for many benefits offered by Unity Health System. The age at which children are no longer covered varies, depending on the benefit.

The first time you enroll your spouse and children in benefits, you must provide documentation to prove their eligibility.

You only need submit this documentation once. Click here for details of what documentation you’ll need and how to submit it.

The first time you enroll your domestic partner and domestic partner’s children in benefits, you must file an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership.

Domestic partners and their children are eligible for health, dental, and vision insurance—they can also take advantage of the special discounts all employees and their families receive when they use Unity physicians and services.

The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership certifies that you and your domestic partner meet the following requirements:

  • You have an exclusive mutual commitment, similar to marriage
  • You are each other’s sole domestic partner and intend to remain so indefinitely
  • Neither of you are married to anyone else, nor has either one of you had a different domestic partner within the most recent 12-month period (except where a prior domestic partner died during the 12-month period)
  • You are not related by blood to a degree of closeness that would prohibit legal marriage in New York
  • You are at least 18 years of age and legally competent to contract
  • You currently reside together and have resided together in a common household for at least 12 months
  • You are committed to the physical, emotional, and financial care and support of each other and share with each other the common necessities and tasks of one household and are financially interdependent
In addition to the Affidavit, you’ll need to sign an Acknowledgement of Domestic Partnership Information. If you want to include your domestic partner’s children in coverage, you’ll have to file a special form for that, too. Click here for the forms you need and information about how to file them. If you have questions, call the Benefits Hotline: 368-3211.

Benefits for Domestic Partners are treated somewhat differently by the IRS.

The IRS considers the amount Unity pays toward the cost of domestic partner benefits to be a taxable part of an employee’s compensation. This means that if you enroll your domestic partner in benefits, you’ll be taxed on the amount Unity pays for those benefits. In addition, unlike with other coverage options, the premiums you pay for domestic partner benefits are taken from your pay after taxes.