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Retirees / Survivors Guide Me

Overview

Welcome to the insurance services website for Federal retirees and their survivors. Here, you will find various resources to help you and your family make informative choices regarding health, dental, vision, life, and long term care insurance. You can find information about each program by clicking on one of the links below. Each section includes common questions to help guide you to the information you need.

Choose a program to begin:

Health

As a Federal employee, you may be able to enroll in health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and apply for long term care insurance. You can find information about each program by clicking on one of the links below. Each section includes common questions to help guide you to the information you need. Learn More

Dental

Eligible employees and annuitants can choose among 4 nationwide and 3 regional dental plans. Nationwide plans also offer international coverage. Learn More

Vision

Eligible employees and annuitants can choose among 3 nationwide vision plans. Nationwide plans also offer international coverage. Learn More

Life

We offer the largest group life insurance program in the world, covering employees, retirees and family members. Learn More

Flexible Spending Accounts

Eligible employees can choose to enroll in up to three different flexible spending accounts during Open Season. Learn More

Long Term Care

Most Federal and U.S. Postal Service employees and annuitants, active and retired members of the uniformed services, and their qualified relatives are eligible to apply for insurance coverage under the FLTCIP. Learn More

Health

As a Federal employee, you may be able to enroll in health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and apply for long term care insurance. You can find information about each program by clicking on one of the links below. Each section includes common questions to help guide you to the information you need.

Choose your question:

Dental

Eligible employees and annuitants can choose among 4 nationwide and 3 regional dental plans. Nationwide plans also offer international coverage.

Choose your question:

Vision

Eligible employees and annuitants can choose among 3 nationwide vision plans. Nationwide plans also offer international coverage.

Choose your question:

Life

How do I enroll?

Retirees are not eligible to enroll in the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program.  When you retire, you are eligible to continue Basic and Optional insurance - or have it reinstated - if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • you are entitled to retire on an immediate annuity (or under Section 8413 [Immediate Retirement under FERS] or 8414 [Early Retirement under FERS] of title 5, U.S. Code) under a retirement system for civilian employees;
  • you have been insured for the 5 years of service immediately before the date your annuity starts, or for the full period(s) of service during which you were eligible to be insured if less than 5 years (called the "all opportunity" requirement); and
  • you have not converted your life insurance coverage to an individual policy or if you have already converted the coverage, you cancel the converted policy.  To cancel the converted policy, contact the insurance company and ask to cancel the policy.  That company will send you a refund of any premiums you already paid for the converted policy.

If you are eligible, and choose to continue your insurance as an annuitant or compensationer, you must complete a Continuation of Life Insurance Coverage form (SF 2818). On this form, you elect if you want to continue your Basic life insurance into retirement or compensation and elect the amount of Basic insurance you want after age 65 (or retirement, if later). The choices are: 75% Reduction, 50% Reduction, or No Reduction.

If you have Optional insurance and are eligible to continue it, you must choose how you wish to have it in retirement (if you choose to keep Option A, it automatically reduces when you reach age 65 [or retire, if later]. For Options B and C, you can choose whether to have all or some of the multiples reduce or not reduce, as described in the FEGLI Handbook.

Related Questions

Flexible Spending Accounts

Eligible employees can choose to enroll in up to three different flexible spending accounts during Open Season.

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Long Term Care

Most Federal and U.S. Postal Service employees and annuitants, active and retired members of the uniformed services, and their qualified relatives are eligible to apply for insurance coverage under the FLTCIP.

Choose your question:

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