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How to Enroll in Postdoc Benefits

You have 31 days* from your appointment start date to make your elections via the online enrollment site Benelogic. A social security number is required to finalize enrollment. If you do not have a SSN, make sure to apply for one at the earliest opportunity. J1 visa holders must wait 16 days from the time they update their arrival form with Bechtel to apply for their SSN. SSNs typically arrive within 2 - 3 weeks.

When Coverage Begins

Effective your appointment start date:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Long-term disability
  • Short-term disability
  • Postdoc Assistance Program .
  • Life/ADD
  • Basic and extended travel assistance program

If you do not take action within your 31-day enrollment period, you will be automatically enrolled for the following benefits (postdoc only—no dependent coverage):

You will not be enrolled in the dental and vision plans and will have no coverage for these services. Your effective date of coverage will be the same as outlined in the When Coverage Begins section above.

*Exception: If you are waiting for your SSN, the time to finalize enrollment is extended 4 - 6 weeks. We understand that complicatons arise, but we do expect you to follow up and make every effort to get your SSN as soon as you are able. If there will be a delay that extends beyond 6 weeks of your appointment start date, be sure to keep the Postdoc Benefits office updated.


If you enroll a dependent, the Postdoc Benefits Office requires proof of dependent eligibility for the dependents you cover. Learn more about the required dependent eligibility documentation and what is considered acceptable proof of dependent eligibility.

For the medical, dental and vision plans, you may choose from one of the following enrollment categories:

  • Postdoc only
  • Postdoc + Spouse/Registered Domestic Partner
  • Postdoc + Child(ren)
  • Postdoc + Family (includes spouse/registered domestic partner and children)

You may select different enrollment categories for your medical, dental and vision plans. For example, you may enroll your entire family for medical coverage, but only yourself for dental; or you, your spouse and child for medical and you and your spouse for dental.

Waive Benefits

You also have the option to waive postdoc medical, dental and vision benefits.