Life events

Life is full of events. But it’s only the major ones, like getting married or having a child, that give you the green light to make benefit changes outside of the new hire and annual enrollment periods. Depending on the event, you’ll have 31 or 60 days to report it and make changes.

How and when you can make changes

New child: Sign in to Workday within 60 days of having, adopting, or gaining guardianship of a child to report this event and change your benefit coverage.

All other qualified life events: Sign in to Workday within 31 days to report the event and change your benefit coverage.

Important: Until the end of the COVID-19 “outbreak period” is announced, you may have an extended period in which to make changes following a life event. If you are outside the enrollment windows listed above, contact AskHR via Employee Hub for assistance. Note this extension applies only to certain life events. The temporary IRS rules that allowed benefit changes outside of annual enrollment or a life event expired on December 31, 2021.

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What benefits you can change

For most life events, you can change your medical, dental, and vision coverage. If you have a health care flexible spending account (FSA) or dependent care FSA, you may be able to change your contributions. You may also be able to add or remove coverage for life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.

Qualifying life events and the eligible changes are determined by the federal government and the benefit plans. The changes you make must be related to the life event. Select your life event below to see what you can change.


New domestic partnership

Divorce or dissolution of domestic partnership

Birth, placement for adoption, legal guardianship

Loss of coverage elsewhere

Gain of coverage elsewhere

Employee turns 26

Death of spouse/domestic partner

Death of child

Change in dependent care costs

Address change

Leaving Autodesk

It’s important to know what happens to your coverage when you leave Autodesk. In some cases, you’ll have the option to continue or convert your coverage.

When coverage ends

Long-term disability insurance: Coverage ends on the last day you perform your regular work duties.

Dependent Care FSA: You can incur claims through the end of the calendar year in which your employment terminates. You have 90 days from the end of the year to submit claims.

Health Care FSA: Participation ends at the end of the month in which your employment terminates. You must submit claims within 90 days of the date you leave Autodesk.

Commuter benefits: Participation ends on the day you leave Autodesk. Any unused pretax credits in your account will be forfeited. The Commuter Check Mastercard will remain active through your most recent benefit month and will close on the first day of the following month. You will lose any unused pretax funds that are left on your Mastercard once the card is closed.

All other benefits: Coverage ends at the end of the month in which your employment terminates.


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Continuing health coverage under COBRA

COBRA is a federal law that entitles you and your eligible family members to extend health care coverage for up to 18 months should you leave Autodesk (or otherwise lose eligibility for Autodesk benefits, including when your dependent turns 26).

5 things to know about COBRA

  1. HealthEquity WageWorks administers COBRA for Autodesk.
  2. Under COBRA, you can continue coverage for medical, dental, vision, the health care flexible spending account, Employee Assistance Program, Included Health, and CareCounsel.
  3. If you’re eligible for COBRA, you’ll receive a letter at your address listed in Workday. This letter is typically mailed within two weeks of your coverage termination.
  4. You pay 100% of the premium, plus a 2% administrative fee.
  5. You must enroll in COBRA coverage through HealthEquity WageWorks within 60 days of receiving your election notice or the date you lose coverage, whichever is later. 

Find out more information about COBRA in the Benefits Coverage after Autodesk article on Employee Hub.

Continuing other coverage

When you leave Autodesk, you’ll receive information in your Workday termination notice that provides details about continuing life insurance and legal insurance, flexible spending account termination rules and claim deadlines, and stock and 401(k) information.  You can also view this information in the Benefits Coverage after Autodesk article on Employee Hub.

Health insurance exchanges

Health insurance exchanges, otherwise known as the health insurance marketplace, provide a place to shop for affordable health insurance that meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Find out more about the exchanges.

Retiree Health Access (RHA)

If you are leaving Autodesk and age 65 or older, you and your family members may sign up for medical and dental insurance coverage through the Health Care Policy Roundtable's multicarrier program. The program, referred to as the Retiree Health Access program, is administered by eHealth.

You pay the full cost for this insurance; the RHA is not an earned or vested benefit.

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