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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Contact: Michael Orenstein
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM to Accept Belated Open Season Enrollments for High-Deductible Health Plans; New Law Enhances Medical Savings for HDHP Enrollees

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management today announced it will accept belated Open Season enrollments in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program from any federal employee or currently enrolled annuitant who desires coverage under a High Deductible Health Plan in 2007.

OPM's acceptance of belated enrollments in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program allows program participants to take advantage of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which President George W. Bush today signed into law.

The new law gives federal employees who had a 2006 Health-Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) an opportunity to enroll in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with an HSA for 2007. The law also allows employees to roll-over remaining 2006 FSA contributions to their new HSA. By law, FSA account holders who do not roll over contributions may not have an HSA.

Enrollment in an HDHP and the election to transfer FSA funds to an HSA must be completed no later than midnight, December 31, 2006. OPM is notifying agencies of the policy on belated enrollments.

In 2007, the maximum HSA contribution is $2,850 for single enrollment and $5,650 for family enrollment.

Information for federal employees and annuitants on enrolling in an HDHP/HSA will be available on OPM's FEHB Program website at www.opm.gov/hsa.

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