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I am covered by a plan in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Will it provide coverage for services related to anthrax exposure?

OPM has provided guidance to all FEHB plans asking them to use maximum flexibility in determining health benefits coverage for these services. Health plans will provide coverage for any appropriate prescriptions, including prophylactic treatment, for anthrax. They also will authorize hospitalization for initial treatment and monitoring of patients deemed to be at risk. We expect that employees advised by their employing agencies to consult a local Public Health Service will have appropriate arrangements made for them. Since some may be referred to other treatment facilities or may go directly to emergency rooms for evaluation, any and all appropriate medical services will be covered by FEHB health plans.

Watch for information on the Office of Insurance Program’s website,

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