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  •  If you are a Federal ANNUITANT or compensationer: OPM's Retirement Office is the only office with access to your FEGLI life insurance records.  There are three ways to access your FEGLI coverage information: 1. Log on to Retirement Services Online to view and print a Verification of Life Insurance (VOLI).  Your VOLI will show which types of FEGLI coverage you have, your amount of coverage before reduction, your post-65 reductions, and your amount of coverage after reductions complete. 2. Email retire@opm.gov to request that your VOLI be mailed to you.  Be sure to include your retirement claim number (CSA/CSF) in your email. 3. Call 1-888-767-6738 to request that your VOLI be mailed to you.  The phone lines are open Monday through Friday 7:40 am to 5:00 pm eastern time. The phone lines can get extremely busy so we recommend calling early in the morning or late in the evening when the lines are less busy. Have your retirement claim number (CSA/CSF) or social security number handy. Your FEGLI beneficiary records are not available online.  If you wish to change your FEGLI life insurance beneficiaries, complete this form and mail it to OPM's Retirement Office at the address on page 3: www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf2823.pdf If you are a Federal EMPLOYEE: Contact your human resources office.  The office that maintains your Official Personnel Folder (OPF) or its equivalent is the only office with access to your FEGLI life insurance records. If you do not know what office that is or how to contact them, check with your supervisor. You can also look on a copy of your most recent Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, to determine the coverage you currently have:
    1. In Block 27 on that form, there is a 2-character code that represents your current coverage and a definition of the code. 
    2. You can look up the codes and their translation at http://archive.opm.gov/insure/life/reference/handbook/sf50tbl.asp 
    3. You can then use the FEGLI Calculator to determine the current value of your FEGLI by inputting your current age, salary and type(s) of FEGLI coverage. 
    If you wish to change your FEGLI life insurance beneficiaries, complete this form and submit it to your human resources office: www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf2823.pdf
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  • If you are an annuitant, please contact the Retirement Office during Open Season via one of the following methods:   Office of Personnel Management Open Season Processing Center P.O. Box 5000 Lawrence, KS 66046-0500 Additional details on enrolling in an FEHB plan for employees and annuitants can be found at https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/. If you are an active employee and you want to enroll in Self Plus One, please note that OPM does not process enrollments for Federal employees of other agencies. Your Human Resources Office can assist you. If your local Personnel office is unable to help you, you can contact your headquarters benefits counselor for further guidance.  OPM maintains a list of Benefits Officers which can be found at  http://apps.opm.gov/abo . Please visit this site, find your headquarters agency and the contact information will be listed.    
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  • A FEGLI life insurance open season has been scheduled for September 1 through September 30, 2016.  Coverage elected during the open season will be effective the first pay period beginning on or after October 1, 2017.  For more information, please visit www.opm.gov/life.
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  • Rates are announced in early October before Open Season begins. When posted, 2016 rates will be available at www.opm.gov/openseason.
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  • If the insured person was a Federal RETIREE or compensationer: You must report the death to OPM's Retirement Office. You can use this tool or you can call Retirement at 1-888-767-6738. If you believe the retiree was enrolled in FEGLI Life Insurance and that you are a beneficiary, you can download a claim form and mail it to OFEGLI, an office of MetLife. MetLife determines who is entitled to FEGLI Life Insurance proceeds, for what amount, and processes all claims.  OPM has no role in this process. Due to privacy restrictions, OPM cannot release information about whether the retiree was enrolled in FEGLI Life Insurance, the amount of life insurance, or the names of the beneficiaries. MetLife will mail a claim form to each beneficiary. All inquiries about life insurance claims must be directed to MetLife. If the insured person was a Federal EMPLOYEE: You must report the death to the employee's human resources office. If you believe the employee was enrolled in FEGLI Life Insurance and that you are a beneficiary, you can download a claim form and mail it to OFEGLI, an office of MetLife. MetLife determines who is entitled to FEGLI Life Insurance proceeds, for what amount, and processes all claims. OPM has no role in this process. Due to privacy restrictions, the employee's human resources office cannot release information about whether the employee was enrolled in FEGLI Life Insurance, the amount of life insurance, or the names of the beneficiaries. MetLife will mail a claim form to each beneficiary. All inquiries about life insurance claims must be directed to MetLife. If the insured person was FAMILY MEMBER covered under FEGLI Option C: FEGLI Option C covers the lives of the employee/retiree's spouse and eligible children under age 22. If you have Option C coverage and an eligible family member dies, complete this form and submit it to the location indicated on page 1.
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  • A Self Only enrollment covers only the enrollee. A Self and Family enrollment covers the enrollee and all eligible family members. The new Self Plus One enrollment type covers the enrollee and one eligible family member you designate to be covered.
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  • When you die, the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) will pay life insurance benefits in a particular order, set by law:
    • If you assigned ownership of your life insurance, OFEGLI will pay benefits in the following order of precedence: First, to the beneficiary(ies) designated by your assignee(s), if any;  Second, if there is no such beneficiary, to your assignee(s).
    • If you did not assign ownership and there is a valid court order on file, OFEGLI will pay benefits in accordance with that court order.
    • If you did not assign ownership and there is no valid court order on file, OFEGLI will pay benefits in the following order of precedence:
      • First, to the beneficiary(ies) you designated;
      • Second, if there is no such beneficiary, to your widow or widower;
      • Third, if none of the above, to your child or children, with the share of any deceased child distributed among descendants of that child (a court will usually have to appoint a guardian to receive payment for a minor child);
      • Fourth, if none of the above, to your parents in equal shares or the entire amount to your surviving parent;
      • Fifth, if none of the above, to the executor or administrator of your estate;
      • Sixth, if none of the above, to your other next of kin as determined under the laws of the State where you lived.
    To designate new beneficiaries, submit a Designation of Beneficiary to your human resources office (or to OPM's Retirement Office if you are retired). If you would like to know who is listed in your current Designation of Beneficiary, follow these instructions
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  • Self Plus One is a new enrollment type in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program that allows you to cover yourself and one eligible family member you designate to be covered. Starting in 2016, all FEHB plans (your health insurance plans) will offer a Self Only, a Self Plus One, and a Self and Family enrollment type. Employees and annuitants will be able to select a Self Plus One enrollment beginning in the 2015 Open Season.
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  • You should determine your eligible family members and decide which enrollment type is best for you. A Self Plus One enrollment type will cover you and one eligible family member. During Open Season 2015, you will want to pay close attention to the benefits and rates in both the plan you currently have and other FEHB plans available to you. OPM will release materials in advance of Open Season to help you make this important decision. Visit www.opm.gov/openseason to access these materials.
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  • Original Medicare has four parts:
    Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps pay for:
    • inpatient hospital care
    • critical access hospitals
    • skilled nursing facility care
    • some home health care
    • hospice care
    Part B (Medical Insurance) helps pay for:
    • doctors' services
    • ambulance services
    • outpatient hospital care
    • x-rays and laboratory tests
    • durable medical equipment and supplies
    • home health care (if you don't have Part A)
    • certain preventive care
    • limited ambulance transportation
    • other outpatient services
    • some other medical services Part A doesn't cover, such as physical and occupational therapy
    Part C (Medicare Advantage): If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan you generally get all your Medicare benefits, which may include prescription drugs, through one of the following types of plans:
    • Medicare HMOs – You must get your care from primary care doctors, specialists, or hospitals on the HMO's list of network providers, except in an emergency.
    • Medicare PPO Plans – In most plans your share of plan costs is less when you use in-network primary care doctors, specialists and hospitals. Using out-of-network providers costs you more.
    • Medicare Special Needs Plans – These plans generally limit enrollment to people in certain long-term care facilities (like nursing homes); people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid; or those with certain chronic or disabling conditions.
    • Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans – In these plans, you may go to any Medicare-approved primary care doctor, specialist, or hospital that will accept the terms of the private plan's payment.
    • Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plans - These plans include a high deductible plan that will not begin to pay benefits until the high annual deductible is met. They also include a medical savings account into which Medicare will deposit money for you to use to pay your health care costs. Medical Savings Account Plans do not cover prescription drugs.
    Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage) Under this program, private companies provide Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage and you pay a monthly premium. Federal retirees already have excellent access to health benefits coverage for drugs through participation in the FEHB Program. However, if you choose to enroll in Part D, Medicare benefits for drugs will be primary (will pay first) in most cases for FEHB enrollees. (Medicare C plans that include prescription drugs will also be primary to FEHB benefits.) It will almost always be to your advantage to keep your current FEHB coverage without any changes. The exception is for those with limited incomes and resources who may qualify for Medicare's extra help with prescription drug costs. Contact your benefits administrator or your FEHB Program insurer for information about your FEHB coverage before making any changes. It is important to note that FEHB Program prescription drug coverage is an integral part of your total health benefits package. You cannot suspend or cancel FEHB Program prescription drug coverage without losing your FEHB plan coverage in its entirety (in other words, losing coverage) for hospital and medical services which would mean you might have significantly higher costs for those services. Because all FEHB Program plans have as good or better coverage than Medicare, they are considered to offer creditable coverage. So, if you decide not to join a Medicare drug plan now, but change your mind later and you are still enrolled in FEHB, you can do so without paying a late enrollment penalty. As long as you have FEHB Program coverage you may enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan from November 15 to December 31st of each year at the regular monthly premium rate. However, if you lose your FEHB Program coverage and want to join a Medicare prescription drug program, you must join within 63 days of losing your FEHB coverage or your monthly premium will include a late enrollment penalty. The late enrollment penalty will change each year but will be included in your premium each year for as long as you maintain the coverage.
    Medicare does not cover:
    • your monthly Part B premium or Part C or Part D premiums
    • deductibles, coinsurance or copayments when you get health care services
    • outpatient prescription drugs (with only a few exceptions) unless you enroll in a Part C plan which provides drug coverage or a Part D plan
    • routine or yearly physical exams
    • custodial care (help with bathing, dressing, toileting, and eating) at home or in a nursing home
    • dental care and dentures (with only a few exceptions)
    • routine foot care
    • hearing aids
    • routine eye care
    • health care you get while traveling outside of the United States (except under limited circumstances)
    • cosmetic surgery
    • some vaccinations
    • orthopedic shoes
    Complete Medicare benefits information can be found in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services publication, Medicare & You handbook which can be found on the Medicare website (www.medicare.gov).
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  •  It will be very important during this year’s Open Season to look at the rates for the plan you are in and for other plans as well. It may be possible to save money by enrolling in a Self Plus One enrollment, but you should review your health benefit needs and the available FEHB plans to determine which plan is best suited to meet your needs.
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  • If you are entitled to Part A without paying the premiums, you should take it, even if you are still working. This may help cover some of the costs that your FEHB plan may not cover, such as deductibles, coinsurance, and charges that exceed the plan's allowable charges. There are other advantages to Part A, such as (if you also enroll in Part B,) being eligible to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan.
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  • The Marketplace will not affect the FEHB Program.   You do not need to take any action regarding your FEHB enrollment or the Marketplace.
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  • A Self Plus One enrollment covers the enrollee and one designated eligible family member. The definition of eligible family  members has not changed. Your eligible family member can include either a spouse OR a child up to age 26. A child age 26 or over who is incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical disability that existed before age 26 is also an eligible family member.
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  • If you are an employee, you can cancel or reduce your FEGLI life insurance at any time by submitting this form to your human resources office. If you want to reduce life insurance, sign only for the coverage you want to KEEP.   If you want to cancel all life insurance, sign in Box 5. Exception: if you have assigned your life insurance by transferring ownership to another person or to a company, then you cannot cancel or reduce your Basic, Option A, or Option B coverage.
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  • Outside of Open Season, you can make changes due to certain events, called qualifying life events (QLEs) The most common QLEs for changing enrollment type or plan are: marriage, acquiring a child, moving away from the area served by your Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), losing health insurance coverage, or changing employment status.
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  • You must contact BENEFEDS in order to change your name and/or address: www.benefeds.com¬†or 1-877-888-3337, TTY 1-977-889-5680.
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  • To continue your health benefits enrollment into retirement, you must: (1) have retired on an immediate annuity (that is, an annuity which begins to accrue no later than one month after the date of your final separation); and (2) have been continuously enrolled (or covered as a family member) in any FEHB Program plan (not necessarily the same plan) for the five years of service immediately preceding retirement, or if less than five years, for all service since your first opportunity to enroll.
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  • When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you may not need FEHB coverage because the Medicare Advantage plan will provide you with many of the same benefits. You should review the Medicare Advantage Plan benefits carefully before making a decision to suspend or cancel FEHB coverage. You should contact your retirement system to discuss suspension and reenrollment.
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  • If you are a retiree, you can cancel or reduce your FEGLI life insurance at any time. There is no form; you must mail a signed letter to OPM's Retirement Office at: U.S. Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center P.O. Box 45 Boyers, PA 16017-0045 The cancellation or reduction must be in writing and have an original signature by the insured retiree.  Be sure to include your retirement claim number (CSA) or Social Security Number (SSN) and specify what action you want taken.  Please note that you cannot increase your coverage after retirement or reinstate coverage that you cancel.
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