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Life

  • You may want to consider completing a new designation form whenever you have a significant change in your life, such as a marriage, divorce, or death. Be sure it remains accurate and reflects your intentions. You should also file a new designation whenever a beneficiary's address changes. Failure to do so may mean that the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance cannot locate your beneficiary and therefore cannot pay him or her the death benefits.

    You can download the Designation form here.
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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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  • If at least one year has passed since the effective date of your last waiver of some FEGLI life insurance coverage, you may get a physical exam at your own expense using the Request for Insurance

    You and your human resources office must complete part of the form. You then take the form to your physician. He or she will complete the rest of the form and send it to the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI). If OFEGLI approves your request, they will notify your human resources office. Your human resources office will automatically enroll you in Basic insurance, unless you already have Basic. You will have 60 days from OFEGLI's approval to elect Option A and/or up to 5 multiples of Option B.
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  • No. The number of multiples you carry under Option C life insurance is not linked to the number of eligible family members you have. You may elect one, two, three, four, or five multiples of coverage regardless of how many eligible family members you have. Each multiple is equal to $5,000 for your spouse and $2,500 for each of your eligible dependent children.  The Option C premium is the same regardless of how many eligible family members you have.
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  • Your Living Benefits payment will be reduced by a nominal amount to make up for lost earnings of the Life Insurance Fund because of early payment of benefits. This nominal amount is called an actuarial reduction and it is 4.9%. Here is an example:

    Samantha's Basic Insurance Amount is $59,000. She wants to elect a Full Living Benefit. She is 50 years old so there is no Extra Benefit. If approved, the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance would pay Samantha $56,109.00 ($59,000 less 4.9% or $2,891).

    For more information about Living Benefits, see the FEGLI Handbook.

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  • If you are enrolled in Option C life insurance, complete the FE-6 DEP, Statement of Claim, Option C -- Family Life Insurance according to instructions on the form. If you need help, contact OFEGLI at 1-800-633-4542.

    If you are an employee, send the completed form, with a certified copy of the death certificate, to your employing agency.

    If you are an annuitant, send the completed form, with a certified copy of the death certificate, to:

    Office of Personnel Management 
    Retirement Operations Center 
    Attention: FE-6 DEP 
    Boyers, PA 16017

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  • Yes.  When you no longer have any eligible family members, contact your human resources office to cancel the Option C coverage. The cancellation is effective the end of the pay period in which you no longer had any eligible family members.  If you stopped having eligible family members before the current pay period, your Option C cancellation is retroactive to the last pay period when you had an eligible family member and your agency will reimburse your Option C premiums paid since then.

    For more information, see the FEGLI Handbook.
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  • You can download and print the FE-6 here.  OFEGLI will also mail a claim form to all beneficiaries.

    Complete the FE-6 Claim for Death Benefits according to the instructions on the form. If you need help, contact MetLife at 1-800-633-4542.

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  • No. You may cancel life insurance coverage at any time. Be aware that your opportunities to re-enroll are limited.

    • Employees:

    To cancel some or all FEGLI coverage as an employee, submit SF 2817 to your human resources office and sign only for the FEGLI coverage that you want to KEEP.

    • Retirees:

    To cancel some or all FEGLI coverage as an annuitant, there is no form.  You must write a letter to:

    Office of Personnel Management 
    Retirement Operations Center 
    P.O. Box 45 
    Boyers, PA 16017-0045

    Any cancellation or reduction of life insurance must be in writing and have an original signature by the insured retiree.  Be sure to include your retirement claim number (CSA number) or social security number and specify what action you want taken.  Please note you cannot increase your coverage after retirement, or reinstate any coverage that you cancel.   

    The cancellation is effective, and all insurance stops, at the end of the pay period in which you properly file the waiver.  For retirees, a month is considered a pay period. You continue to have the coverage through the pay period in which you file the waiver and must pay premiums for that pay period.  You will not receive a refund for premiums withheld prior to the effective date of cancellation.
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  • In theory, yes. If you can find someone willing to pay you cash in return for your assignment, certainly you are free to enter into such an arrangement. In practice, no. Viatical settlement firms pay terminally or chronically ill individuals cash in exchange for receiving the assignment of their life insurance coverage. While the required life expectancies vary by firm, no firm in the industry will pay for receiving assignment from an individual who is not terminally or chronically ill. It simply makes no sense. The firm would have no expectation of when they would receive the death benefit. They would have to discount the amount paid so much in order to account for this uncertainty, that the amount paid would go down to zero.

    For more information about assignment, see the FEGLI Handbook.
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