Employees are rummaging through files in search of the paperwork companies demand in dependent eligibility audits. Photo credit: Vlado

It’s time for the employees of Rutland Regional Medical Center to put their paperwork where their hearts are.

The hospital, located in Rutland, Vermont, is in the midst of a dependent eligibility audit, designed to ensure that every employee family member who receives health coverage from RRMC is actually eligible for that coverage. Every employee, from CEO to chief surgeon to janitor, must show copies of their marriage certificates, their children’s birth certificates, and the first page of their most recent tax returns, with numerical amounts blacked out, to demonstrate that they are currently married and are legally the parents of any children they claim as dependents on the hospital’s health plan.

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