Benefits Enrollment and Changes

Did you experience a life event or move to a benefits-eligible position? Use these pages to understand how to make changes to your GW benefits. 

Before we begin, please review the deadlines below related to benefits changes:

  • 30 calendar days: The period of time new hires, and employees who switch to a benefits-eligible status, have to enroll in benefits.

  • 30 calendar days from the event: The period of time employees have to make changes if they experienced a qualifying life event (as defined by the IRS, such as marriage, losing coverage under a spouse, etc.) 
  • 60 calendar days: The period of time employees have to make benefits changes for a birth or adoption life event.


Benefits Changes Due To Qualified Life Events

Benefit changes must be consistent with your life event. For example, if you have a baby, you may add the baby to your medical coverage. You cannot, however, drop dental coverage for other family members at this time.

Select the qualified life event you have recently experienced to understand the steps you need to take to make benefits changes.