Important information for same-sex couples

Marshall University employees are now eligible to cover same-sex spouses on their WV PEIA health insurance plan. This benefit change is the result of a recent decision by the U. S. Supreme Court declining to review a case concerning same-sex marriage, along with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey’s statement that his office will no longer defend a same-sex marriage ban in West Virginia.

Benefit-eligible employees who were previously married to their same-sex spouse in another state have through Dec. 31, 2014, to add their spouse to coverage. Newly married participants have the month in which the marriage transpires, plus the two following months, to add their spouse to coverage. Approved benefit changes will take effect the 1st of the month following the date the request was submitted. Employees wishing to cover their spouse effective Nov. 1, 2014, MUST submit their eligible change-in-status request no later than Oct. 31, 2014.

How to add a spouse to your insurance:

An employee may add a spouse to their health and life insurance in one of two ways—on-line or paper forms.

  • To complete on-line, visit Click on the “Manage My Benefits” link at the top right to log into your account.
  • To complete the paper form, print the Change in Status Form and return it to Lisa Henry in the Marshall University Human Resource Services office.

A copy of the legal marriage certificate must accompany the change-in-status.

Additional Benefits Enrollment:

You may also add your spouse to your Mountaineer Flexible Benefits by completing his or her enrollment form and submitting a copy of the legal marriage certificate.

Contact Lisa Henry at 304-696-6240 or for more information.