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I am a designated congressional staff and am currently enrolled in DC Health Link. Will I need to be re-designated if I terminate employment in a congressional office and am reemployed in another congressional office after a break of four days or more (all within the same overall employer – Senate vs. House)?

Generally, yes.  After a break in service of four days or more, you will be treated as a new employee.  Your new employing Member of Congress will need to designate you as either “official office” staff or not.  Your previous enrollment in a health benefits plan will be terminated and you will need to reenroll.  However, OPM has determined that if you are reemployed by the same Member of Congress, the annual designation made by that Member will take precedence and your prior designation will not be affected.  (In this case, you will still need to reenroll in a DC Health Link plan to have continued coverage.)

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