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Insurance FAQs Life

General Information (Basic and Optional Coverage)

  •  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 SF50 codes and what they mean.
    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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  • Yes, it is true. As part of the Basic life insurance, employees who are under age 45 get an Extra Benefit at no additional cost. The Extra Benefit doubles the amount of the life insurance payable if you are age 35 or younger. Beginning on your 36th birthday, the Extra Benefit decreases 10% each year until, at age 45, there is no Extra Benefit.
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  • You can read the FEGLI Program Booklet for Federal Employees or for Postal employees) and review the FEGLI Handbook. Information on current premiums is available here. The FEGLI Calculator can help you figure out your coverage and premiums. Contact your human resources office if you have additional questions.
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  • Yes. The amount of your FEGLI automatically increases when your salary goes up, whenever your annual pay is increased by an amount sufficient to raise the pay to the next $1,000 bracket.
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  • No. FEGLI life insurance open seasons are extremely rare.  Outside of an open season, eligible employees can enroll in FEGLI by taking a physical exam or with a Qualifying Life Event. The form to request FEGLI by taking a physical exam is available the SF 2822.  The form is completed partly by you, partly by your agency, and partly by your healthcare provider.  If OFEGLI approves your request, you are automatically enrolled in Basic. If you want Optional insurance as well as Basic, you can enroll in Option A and/or Option B within 60 days from the date of OFEGLI's approval. You cannot enroll in Option C by getting a physical. With a FEGLI Qualifying Life Event, you can enroll in FEGLI Basic, Option A, up to five multiples of Option B, and/or up to five multiples of Option C.  Qualifying Life Events are marriage, divorce, death of spouse, or acquisition of an eligible child. To enroll or increase your FEGLI coverage based on a life event, submit an SF 2817 to your human resources office within 60 days after the life event.
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  • To inquire about how much coverage you have under the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program, contact OPM's Retirement Office by emailing retire@opm.gov or calling 1-888-767-6738. The phone lines are open from 7:30 am to 7:45 pm (Eastern Standard Time). It is a busy phone number so we encourage you to call early in the morning or after 5:00 pm when the phone lines are less busy. You will need to provide your retirement claim number (CSA) or Social Security Number.   Please note: For privacy reasons, the response to an email request for information on FEGLI coverage will be mailed to the address on file with the OPM Retirement Office. It will not be sent back via email.
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  • If your pay is too low to allow a withholding for life insurance premiums and your human resources office expects this to last for more than six months, you will have a choice. You can choose either to terminate some or all of your insurance coverage or to continue the coverage and pay the premiums directly. (See your human resources office for more details).
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  • Your enrollment in Basic will be effective on the first day you are in pay and duty status on or after the date OFEGLI approves your request. If you also want to enroll in Option A and/or Option B, this coverage will be effective on the first day you are in pay and duty status on or after the date OFEGLI approves your request and your human resources office receives your Life Insurance Election (SF 2817) electing such coverage.
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  • Most Federal employees are automatically enrolled in Basic insurance unless they waive this coverage. Basic is effective on the first day you enter in a pay and duty status in an eligible position. If you have Basic insurance, you may also elect Optional insurance. You must specifically elect the types of Optional insurance you wish to carry within 60 days of becoming eligible. Optional insurance is effective on the first day you are in a pay and duty status on or after the day your human resources office receives your election. To elect Optional insurance within 60 days of becoming eligible, or to cancel (waive) Basic, submit the FEGLI Election Form to your human resources office.
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  • FEGLI Basic and Option A each include Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage for employees at no additional charge. AD&D coverage cannot be carried into retirement. AD&D benefits are paid in addition to regular death benefits. For the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance to pay AD&D benefits, the death or loss must occur within one year after the accident and be a direct result of bodily injury sustained from that accident. AD&D coverage in Basic is equal to the amount of your Basic insurance. AD&D coverage in Option A is equal to $10,000. For more information about AD&D, see the FEGLI Handbook.
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  • No. The FEGLI Program provides group term life insurance. It does not have any cash value and you cannot borrow against your coverage. The only opportunities to get money from your coverage while you are still alive are (1) if you are terminally ill and qualify for Living Benefits, or (2) if you assign your coverage to a person or corporation who is willing to pay you cash now in exchange for ownership of your life insurance.
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  • OFEGLI’s address is OFEGLI, P.O. BOX 6080, SCRANTON, PA 18505-6080.  Their phone number is 1-800-633-4542.
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  • No. There is no maximum. The amount is based on your annual basic rate of pay.
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  • Hi and thank you for your question. There are a number of resources available to find out more information about FEGLI. Below is a short list 1) For a brief overview: FEGLI FastFacts document 2) Information geared towards newly eligible employees: The Guide Me section for New / Prospective Employees 3) Information geared toward established federal employees: The Guide Me section for Federal Employees 4) Information geared toward retirees or family members: The Guide Me section for Retirees / Survivors 5) To calculate what your premiums would be: Visit the FEGLI Calculator 6) For detailed guidance on the FEGLI Program: Review the FEGLI Handbook 7) Report the Death of a Retiree or Survivor Annuitant  8) If you would like to talk or email with someone regarding your options you will need to touch bases with either OPM's Retirement office  (contact information) if you are an annuitant, or your agency's Human Resource department if you are an active employee. That office maintains your Official Personnel Folder (OPF) or its equivalent and is the only office with access to your Federal insurance records.
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  • Premiums can vary depending on your salary and age.  On OPM’s website you can see the current employee premium rates and annuitant premium rates.  Using the rates you can calculate your premiums manually, or you can let the FEGLI Calculator do the math for you. Biweekly employees pay 15 cents per $1,000 of Basic coverage.  To calculate your Basic coverage, take your annual rate of pay, round it up to the nearest whole $1,000 and then add $2,000.  Take the number of thousands of dollars and multiply them by 15 cents to get your biweekly Basic premium. Basic premiums are the same for employees regardless of age.  Postal employees typically receive Basic with no premium. Optional premiums increase with age in five-year bands starting at age 35.  Premiums increase at age 35, 40, 45, and so on. For Option B coverage, again you take your annual rate of pay and round it up to the nearest whole $1,000.  You do not add $2,000 for option B.  Take the number of thousands of dollars and multiply them by the Option B rate for your age to get your biweekly Option B premium. For annuitants, your FEGLI coverage and premiums are based on your salary at the time of retirement, not on the amount of your annuity.  After age 65, your coverage and premiums may change based on the reduction choices you made at the time of retirement.  
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