Dependent Verification Program

The dependent verification program officially began at Penn State on January 1, 2013.  The goal of dependent verification is to ensure that those dependents who are receiving benefits from the University met the specific eligibility criteria to receive those benefits.  The University engaged Aon-Hewitt, a consultant who specializes in verification services, to conduct the verification program.

All newly hired employees signing up for dependent medical, dental, vision, and/or tuition benefit coverage will be required to complete the dependent verification program.  Aon Hewitt will mail a verification packet to home addresses within a few weeks of first adding dependents to your University-sponsored coverage.

This verification process will also include any existing faculty and staff who add dependents either during the annual benefits open enrollment period or when experiencing a qualifying event, such as the birth or adoption of a child.

Dependent Verification - Action Required Flyer

Who is an eligible dependent? 

For Health, Dental and Vision plans:

  • Spouse or Same-Sex Domestic Partner
  • Children up to age 26 (regardless of whether he/she qualifies as the employee’s tax dependent, is a full-time student, or is married). An eligible child is defined as follows: a natural child, a step-child, a legally adopted child, a same-sex domestic partner’s child, or a disabled child incapable of self-sustaining employment enrolled prior to age 26.

 For the Tuition Discount:

  • A spouse or same-sex domestic partner (unless appointed as a graduate assistant, graduate fellow, or non-stipend scholar); eligible for discount 2 years from employee’s date of hire.
  • An unmarried son or daughter, including a natural child, a step-child, a legally adopted child, or a same-sex domestic partner’s child; only until such dependent child receives the first bachelor's degree from the University or any other college or university. (Please refer to policy HR 37, Grant-In-Aid for Dependents for full policy language)

You may submit your documentation to Aon Hewitt by:

Online Upload: www.yourdependentverification.com/plan-smart-info
Secure Fax: 1-877-965-9555
Mail: Dependent Verification Center, P.O. Box 1414, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-1414

You can view your verification status and access helpful information:

Visit – www.yourdependentverification.com/plan-smart-info
Login Name – PS + Your Dependent Verification ID. (Example PS#######)
Your Dependent Verification ID can be found at the bottom center of your announcement letter.
Password – This is your date of birth in mmddyy format. (Example 013168)
You will be instructed to change your password upon entering the secured site.

Dependent Verification Program Presentation

To hear from the Office of Human Resources regarding the Dependent Verification Program, please listen to the recorded presentation.

Additional Resources

Dependent Verification Program FAQs

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