Depression is a Serious Illness

October is National Depression Awareness Month. Sixteen million people in the U.S. live with major depression. 

Depression is more than sadness. We all feel sad from time to time. It’s a normal temporary reaction to upsetting experiences in life. Depression is different. When a person has depression, it interferes with daily life—eating, sleeping, working and more. It affects not just the person with depression, but also those who care about them. Most people who experience depression need treatment to get better.

Depression is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. If you are suffering with depression, help is available. Call the National Alliance on Mental Illness at: 1800-950-NAMI (6264) Monday - Friday from 10 am - 6 pm. 

 

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My spouse and I are legally separated. Can I remove my spouse from my coverage?

Your spouse’s coverage ends if you get divorced or if your marriage is annulled. If you are separated but still legally married, your spouse is still covered. You can remover him or her during the annual open enrollment.  Your domestic partner loses coverage when your relationship no longer meets the criteria for a domestic partner relationship.

If you and your spouse are divorced, you should notify the Health & Welfare Plan Office immediately. If you fail to remove your divorced spouse from the Plan, you could be liable for any expenses claimed by your former spouse after the date of the divorce. For more information, see the Life Events page.

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