Dependent Eligibility Verification

A powerful way to protect your plan from waste

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On average, between four percent and eight percent of the dependents on your plan are not eligible for coverage. With Dependent Eligibility Verification, HMS can uncover these hidden costs, delivering a typical return on investment of between 400 percent and 1,000 percent.

Dependent Eligibility Verification is a simple solution to a complex issue – ensuring that every dependent covered is actually eligible for coverage.

Many employers now see the growing need for eligibility verification. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act and Sarbanes-Oxley both demand stringent healthcare cost control. With the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to cover adult children up to age 26, it is increasingly important that your plan only covers those that it should.

Let’s face it. Some dependents on your plan do not meet the eligibility criteria. This can be a huge financial drain. A verification will reveal the ineligible dependents which reduces your spending and directly increases your net profitability.

And the cost is affordable. In fact, the savings from a reduction of just .25 percent to .5 percent of a plan’s enrolled dependents generally covers the cost.

The HMS Difference

From the more than 2,000 Dependent Eligibility Verifications conducted by HMS, we experience an average employee response rate of 95 percent, with verifications completed in less than 100 days.

HMS handles verifications with sensitivity, ensuring employees understand exactly why a dependent may be ineligible, and explaining the process every step of the way. We’re experienced. We have reviewed more than 5.6 million dependents and our experience ensures plans only pay fees for dependents who are eligible for coverage.

HMS’s Dependent Eligibility Verification was built with flexibility in mind. Because new dependents are added to health plans throughout the year for a number of reasons, ineligible dependents may find their way onto a plan at any time. That’s why we customize the review to meet your needs and offer verification options:

Identifies ineligible dependents currently covered under your medical insurance plan (often coupled with a Working Spouse Provision Verification)


Validates the eligibility of new dependents and verifies spousal relationships. Enrollment-based verification for new hires and life events has become an industry best practice as it:

  • Reduces abrasion by capturing detail when employee is in “onboarding” mode
  • Can be highly automated, with many self-service features
  • Minimizes the risk of paying claims for ineligible dependents
  • Demonstrates transparent adherence to ERISA and Public Trust standards

All Dependent Eligibility Verification communication can be electronic, paper or a combination of both.

A Dependent Eligibility Verification is all about results. Whether it’s hospitals and health systems, oil and gas companies, food service or any other industry, HMS has been there. And we will be there for you, helping protect your financial bottom line and making sure only eligible dependents remain on your company’s plan. From small to large, regardless of the size of your work force, savings are just a decision away.

Contact HMS today and start strengthening a leaner health plan.

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