Healthcare Benefits

Employee Benefits

Eligible Dependents

Your WageWorks® healthcare benefit account(s) can be used to pay for eligible healthcare expenses for you and your eligible dependents. It’s important to understand the definition of “eligible dependent” in the context of these accounts to make sure your claims are processed and you are reimbursed for your expenses quickly.

You can use your WageWorks healthcare benefit account(s) to pay for the eligible expenses of a qualifying child or relative, as defined in Internal Revenue Code Section 152. Generally, a qualifying child or relative is:

  • Your spouse
  • Your child(ren) age 19 or, if a student, age 24
  • Your dependent that you can claim on your tax return

A domestic partner is not considered a spouse under federal law, so a domestic partner's medical expenses cannot be reimbursed under your WageWorks account unless the domestic partner is a “qualifying relative” of the participant. A qualifying spouse must be legally married.

Questions about eligible dependents? Browse the FAQs in the Employee Support Center.