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Frequently Asked Questions Insurance

What is portability?

Portability is a provision in Public Law 105-311, the Federal Employees Life Insurance Improvement Act, which was enacted October 30, 1998. It applies only to FEGLI Option B insurance, which provides coverage in multiples of 1 to 5 times an employee's annual salary. Employees that met certain requirements were eligible to continue Option B insurance following separation from Government service.

The portability provision was a three-year demonstration project. It expired April 24, 2002, and is no longer available. Your agency should not give any employees a Portability Notice or other portability information.

For more detailed information refer to Benefits Administration Letter 02-206 of April 26, 2002Adobe Acrobat Version[119 KB].

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