Eligibility

To be considered benefits eligible, you must be a full- or part-time team member scheduled to work at least .5 of the full time equivalent (FTE) per week. To be eligible for full-time benefit rates you must work .8 FTE or greater. Temporary team members are not eligible.

Temporary team members are those who work less than .5 FTE, or 30 hours on average a year. If you are a temporary employee you can go to the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596

The following are considered benefits-eligible dependents under Northwell’s employee benefit plans:

  • Legal spouse
    • If your spouse is eligible for coverage through his or her own employer and you choose to cover them under a Northwell medical plan you will be subject to an annual surcharge of $1,140 (pro-rated per pay period)
    • If you are married to another Northwell, non-union*, benefits-eligible employee, the employee in the higher benefit group will have to elect his/ her own medical coverage at a higher cost. The spouse in the lower benefit group does have the option to elect coverage as single, or employee + child(ren).

  • Children up to age 26 (natural, adopted or step) are covered until the last day of the month in which they turn 26

  • Unmarried children over the age of 26 who are incapable of self-support

Coverage for you and your dependents will begin on the first of the month following 32 days of employment. Coverage will cease for you and your dependents on the last day of the month in which you resign or terminate, at which time you may be COBRA eligible. Long-and short-term disability and life insurance will terminate on the last day of employment.

Please note that Northwell audits your dependent information. New hires must submit proof of dependent eligibility by providing birth certificate(s), etc. Those who are already employed will also need to respond to our periodic audits in a timely manner. If you do not respond to the audit, your dependents may be terminated from coverage. If the information you provide is false your employment with Northwell may be jeopardized.

Note from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Due to a new IRS reporting requirement, your Social Security number and those of your dependents must be recorded in myExperience. To do so, log into myExperience>Benefits>Make Changes. Click on dependent’s name to view, if their Social Security is missing – hit edit and save. Please make sure that you and your dependent(s) names are recorded in Oracle Cloud exactly the same as you report them when you file your taxes with the IRS.


Click here to learn how you can enroll in your benefits.


Note from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Note: Certain union-represented members are eligible to enroll in the Northwell benefit plans: Staten Island 1456 and 94/94A, Staten Island UFT nurses hired after April 1, 2017, Ambulatory 1199, LIJ Forest Hills 94/94A, as well as nurses from Lenox Hill Hospital, Lenox Health Greenwich Village, Huntington Hospital, LIJ Valley Stream, and Plainview Hospital.