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Qualifying Life Events

Certain life events -- such as marriage, birth, or retirement -- can result in changes in benefit needs and/or affect dependents' eligibility for certain Lehigh benefits.

A qualifying life event (QLE) such as those listed below is one that permits you to make appropriate changes to your benefit elections in response to the event.

Changes must be requested within 31 days of the event. In addition to requesting the change, the proper forms and documentation need to be provided to Human Resources via the Benefitfocus portal.

The requested changes must be consistent with the nature of the qualifying event and previous benefit election choices. For example, adding a newborn or newly adopted child to your medical and life insurance plans is consistent with the birth or adoption of a child.  However, adding your partner to your dental plan would not be consistent with this event.

How to Make Changes to Benefits due to a Qualifying Life Event:

  • Log into Connect Lehigh at https://connect.lehigh.edu/app/login
  • Select Employee from the dropdown list
  • Select Lehigh Benefits
  • Click “View/Edit Your Benefits” on the right side of the screen
  • Enter your changes

You can also give the Benefits Center a call at 844-342-4002 for assistance.

Download the following brochures for more information about common QLEs:

​Contact a Human Resources representative for additional assistance or information related to a life event not included above.