Whom Can I Enroll as a Dependent?
All plans accept these dependents for coverage under your medical, dental and vision plans:
o Your current legal spouse,
o Domestic partners officially registered with the appropriate entity, such as the State of California or any other California County or Municipality official domestic partner registry,
o Your children under the age of 26,
o Dependent children of an officially-registered domestic partner who meet the same eligibility requirements as other dependent children,
o Certain unmarried dependent children age 26 and over if handicapped, incapable of self-support, continuously covered by a County-sponsored plan since prior to age 26, and whose disability was certified by the health plan and began before age 26. Please contact the health plans directly no later than 60 days prior to your child turning 26 years of age to initiate certification of disability.
The basic definition of Child(ren) is the same for all plans: Any natural child, stepchild, child placed with you for permanent adoption, or child for whom permanent legal custody has been granted, of either you or your current spouse or registered domestic partner, or both. Some plans are more restrictive, and some recognize additional categories. The chapters that describe specific health plans list any variations in dependent eligibility requirements.
For most plans, ineligible dependents include your ex-spouse, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and non-relatives.