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Conversion (How to convert to a private policy)

  • When your life insurance terminates, except when you stop it voluntarily by cancellation, the coverage automatically continues for 31 days after the terminating date. You do not pay any premiums during these 31 days.
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  • No. If you receive an SF 2819, that means that you are eligible to convert your insurance, but you don't need to — the choice is yours. IF you qualify to carry your coverage into retirement, you may want to do that and not convert. Just because you receive an SF 2819 does not mean that you do not qualify to carry your coverage into retirement. All employees whose current coverage as an employee is terminating (other than by voluntary cancellation) receive a copy of that form — whether or not they qualify to carry coverage into retirement.
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  • A conversion policy is an individual (non-group) life insurance policy that you are entitled to when your group life insurance ends, unless it ended because you voluntarily cancelled it. If you have assigned your insurance, the assignee(s), rather than you, is (are) entitled to convert your Basic, Option A, and Option B coverage. You may still convert your Option C coverage. Under the conversion privilege, you may convert all or any part of your Basic and Optional insurance to an individual policy. No medical examination is required. The individual policy will be a cash-value type of life insurance policy. This means it will build cash value that you can borrow against. You cannot convert to term insurance. For more information about conversion, see the FEGLI Handbook.
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  • When your FEGLI group life insurance terminates, you are entitled to convert your coverage to an individual policy.  Exception: If you return to Federal service in a FEGLI eligible position within three calendar days after the date your insurance stops, your coverage will continue and you are not eligible to convert.  Note: There is no conversion privilege if you cancel your coverage. There is no conversion privilege when your annuity or compensation is terminated and your FEGLI stops. Under the conversion privilege, you may convert all or any part of your Basic and Optional insurance to an individual policy.  No medical examination is required, although you may be asked a few questions about your health to see if you qualify for a lower premium.  You do not have to answer these questions, but if you do not, you may be paying a higher premium than necessary.    The individual policy will be issued by an insurance company you (or your assignee(s), if applicable) select from the list of approved companies that have been accepted by OPM as eligible and that has agreed to issue such policies under the provisions of the FEGLI contract.    The individual policy may be for any type of life insurance customarily issued by the insurance company you select, except term insurance, universal life insurance, or any other type of life insurance with an indeterminate premium.  It cannot include disability or Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefits.  Any insurance policy purchased under the conversion privilege is a private business transaction between you and the insurance company.  The cost of the individual policy is determined by the insurance company and is based on your age and class of risk. Since you will no longer be part of the group contract, the premium payments may be much higher than the FEGLI premiums. When your insurance terminates, your employing office must give you a Notice of Conversion Privilege (SF 2819). If you wish to convert your coverage, you must send the SF 2819 to Office of Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) within the 31-day time limit for converting. Your agency must also give you an Agency Certification of Insurance Status (SF 2821). Send that form to OFEGLI along with the SF 2819.  If you do not have the SF 2821, do not delay in sending the SF 2819. Go ahead and send the SF 2819. You should request a completed SF 2821 from your agency before the expiration of the 31 day time limit and forward it to OFEGLI. OFEGLI needs the SF 2821 to calculate the amount of insurance you can convert. Once OFEGLI has received your SF 2819 and SF 2821, it will send you a list of insurance companies that are offering conversion policies in your area.  You must contact the companies to get information on the conversion policy and the cost. 
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  • No. You cannot convert Option C life insurance when family members lose eligibility. You can convert Option C only when you separate from service. If you do not want to convert the coverage when you separate, your family members covered under Option C are eligible to convert their coverage to an individual policy. Eligible family members can also convert their coverage upon your death. They can ask your human resources office for a Notice of Conversion Privilege (SF 2819).
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  • When you are ready to convert your coverage, you may request a list of eligible insurance companies from the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance at  at  P.O. Box 8149 Long Island City, NY 11101-8149.  For overnight deliveries only (such as express mail): OFEGLI  FEGLI Conversion Team 5th floor 27-01 Queens Plaza  North Queens, NY 11101. You can choose any company on that list.
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  • Yes. Your agency is supposed to give you notice on the loss of group coverage and the right to convert when your insurance ends. We know, however, that sometimes this does not happen.  If your agency does not give you the conversion notice, you can request a conversion by writing directly to the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) at  OFEGLI P.O. BOX 8149 LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101-8149.  For overnight deliveries only (such as express mail):  OFEGLI  FEGLI CONVERSION TEAM  5TH FLOOR  27-01 QUEENS PLAZA NORTH  QUEENS, NY 11101 The request must be postmarked within 31 days after the date of the terminating event. Conversions are effective at the end of the 31-day extension of coverage. If you are unable to mail the request within 31 days, you may qualify for a belated election. You must mail the request to OFEGLI within six months after the date you first became eligible to convert. Your request must show that you were not notified of the loss of coverage and the right to convert or you weren't able to convert for reasons beyond your control. Belated conversions are made retroactive to the end of the 31-day extension of coverage and you must pay the retroactive premiums. You can contact OFEGLI at 1-800-633-4542.
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