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Frequently Asked Questions Insurance

I have heard that my agency may pay my premiums while I am on active duty. Is this true?

Yes, FEHB law (5 U.S.C. 8906(e)(3)) gives agencies the authority to pay your premiums if you meet certain conditions. You must:

  1. be enrolled in an FEHB plan;
  2. be a member of a reserve component of the armed forces;
  3. be called or ordered to active duty in support of a contingency operation (as defined in section 101(a)(13) of title 10 U.S.C.);
  4. be placed on leave without pay or separated from service to perform active duty; and
  5. serve on active duty for a period of more than 30 consecutive days.

Although the law gives your agency the authority to pay your premiums if you meet these conditions, your agency must decide to implement this authority. Ask your Human Resources Office about the policy for your agency.

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