If you are on a deferred retirement annuity, you are not eligible for FEDVIP.
If you are retiring with title to an MRA+10 annuity and you postpone receiving your annuity, you are eligible for FEDVIP only when you begin to receive that annuity. You would not be eligible for FEDVIP during the time between your separation from duty and before actual receipt of your annuity.
No. The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) coverage is the same for all enrollees.
However, if you go back to work and you are in a position that conveys FEDVIP eligibility, you must contact BENEFEDS (1-877-888-3337), if you want your premiums to be deducted from your paychecks. Most reemployed annuitants want to make that change because retirees pay FEDVIP premiums with post-tax dollars and employees pay FEDVIP premiums with pre-tax dollars. If your new position does not convey FEDVIP eligibility you may retain the coverage as an annuitant.
No, FEDVIP benefits and premiums do not change because you retire. Since many employees are paid biweekly and use pre-tax premiums, their retirement premiums will appear higher because these premiums are being withheld monthly, not biweekly, and because these premiums are paid post-tax. Pre-tax premiums are not available to annuitants, survivor annuitants or compensationers.
Please visit dental premiums or vision premiums for more information.
Federal civilian annuitants are eligible to enroll in dental and vision insurance under FEDVIP. If enrolled, employees automatically carry FEDVIP coverage into retirement if they retired on an immediate annuity under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or another retirement system for employees of the Federal government. Individuals who retire for disability under CSRS, FERS, or another retirement system for employees of the Federal government are also eligible. Federal Civilian Annuitants do not have to be eligible for FEHB coverage. There is no "five year rule" for continuing coverage into retirement like there is in the FEHB health insurance program and the FEGLI life insurance program.
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