November 20, 2017

Affordable Care Act requires dependent Social Security numbers for medical coverage

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to send dependent Social Security numbers to the IRS, along with the dependent’s medical plan election. Faculty and staff are being asked to take a moment to review their dependents' information in Benefitfocus to ensure that their SSN information has been entered and is valid. If a dependent does not have an SSN to enter, faculty and staff may disregard this message.

Go to Purdue’s home page and click on the OneCampus Portal link at the bottom of the page. Find the Benefit Enrollment – Active link and click it to log into Benefitfocus.

Once logged into Benefitfocus, click the gold button “To Enroll, Make a Change, and View Your Benefits CLICK HERE.” In the menu on the left, click Dependents. Under Actions, click Edit next to the dependent’s name. Review the SSN for that dependent for accuracy. To make a change, click Show and Edit just beneath the number to enter a new number, then click the black Save box at the bottom of the page.  If no change is needed, click Cancel at the bottom of the page. This should be done for any dependents (spouse and children) covered at any time in 2017.

For more information, call 765-494-2222 or email

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