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FEHB Open Season
During the FEHB Open Season, you will have an opportunity to elect or waive your participation in premium conversion. An Open Season election to participate or waive participation in premium conversion must be received by your employing agency no later than the last day of the Open Season to be considered timely filed. The effective date of your election will be the same as the effective date of an FEHB enrollment election: the first payroll period that begins on or after January 1st. If your agency accepts and processes a late Open Season enrollment election, it must also accept a late election to participate or waive participation in premium conversion.
Because elections begin with pay periods, when you change participation in premium conversion (begin or waive participation) during the FEHB Open Season, there will likely be at least one payroll paid date in the subsequent calendar year in which your FEHB deductions reflect the previous election.
Mark G. had previously waived participation in premium conversion. He opted to participate again in premium conversion during the November 2002 Open Season. Mr. G. is paid on a biweekly basis, with the following payroll periods:
Mr. Marks' payroll office would treat his FEHB deductions on an after-tax basis through the end of payroll period 02.
(You can't change your life insurance on Employee Express.)
Contact your Human Resources Office to find out what other services your agency may provide through Employee Express.
Yes. Spouses of federal annuitants are covered under a family enrollment in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program during the divorce process and during a legal separation. Spouses of annuitants lose eligibility for FEHB coverage when the divorce is final. Former spouses of annuitants can apply for coverage in the FEHB Program under the Spouse Equity or Temporary Continuation of Coverage provisions of the FEHB law. Former spouses of annuitants must contact the annuitant’s retirement system within 60 days after the divorce to apply.
For more information on divorce after retirement, please visit http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/faq/divorce.asp.
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