Employers Need Accurate Dependent Count

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Employers across the country are asking employees to confirm the age of their dependents, and other dependent eligibility, to help control benefit costs.

According to a national benefit service company, a dependent audit typically identifies 6-16% of dependents not eligible for benefits offered by an employer for a variety of reasons, including dependents over age 26 or children of former spouses.

With the rising costs of health care benefits and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, employers need accurate records of employees’ dependent children. Employers are asking employees to provide proof for dependent coverage, such as showing marriage certificates and children’s birth certificates to demonstrate that the employee is the legal parent of individuals claimed as dependents on benefit plans.

Recently, Benefits Selling Magazine posted on its benefitspro.com site, “Got Dependents? Prove it.,” an article that identifies steps employers are taking to obtain current information on dependent children.


If your employer has conducted an audit of dependents, what type of information was requested?