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  • Since 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Yes. Your agency is supposed to give you notice on the loss of group coverage and the right to convert when your insurance ends. We know, however, that sometimes this does not happen.  If your agency does not give you the conversion notice, you can request a conversion by writing directly to the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) at  OFEGLI P.O. BOX 8149 LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101-8149.  For overnight deliveries only (such as express mail):  OFEGLI  FEGLI CONVERSION TEAM  5TH FLOOR  27-01 QUEENS PLAZA NORTH  QUEENS, NY 11101 The request must be postmarked within 31 days after the date of the terminating event. Conversions are effective at the end of the 31-day extension of coverage. If you are unable to mail the request within 31 days, you may qualify for a belated election. You must mail the request to OFEGLI within six months after the date you first became eligible to convert. Your request must show that you were not notified of the loss of coverage and the right to convert or you weren't able to convert for reasons beyond your control. Belated conversions are made retroactive to the end of the 31-day extension of coverage and you must pay the retroactive premiums. You can contact OFEGLI at 1-800-633-4542.
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  •  You can reduce or cancel your FEGLI life insurance at any time, without waiting for an open season.   If you are an employee, submit an SF 2817 to your human resources office, signing only for the coverage you want to keep.   If you are retired, there is no form; you must write a signed letter to OPM's Retirement Office stating clearly the reduction or cancellation you want to make.  Be sure to include your signature, annuity number (CSA/CSF) or social security number, and your phone number.  Send the letter to: Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center P.O. Box 45 Boyers, PA 16017-0045  Please note that you cannot enroll, increase coverage, or restore cancelled coverage after you have retired. Changing beneficiaries:  You can change beneficiaries at any time, without waiting for an open season.  Submit an SF 2823 to your human resources office, or to OPM's Retirement Office if you have retired.  The address for OPM's Retirement Office is on page 3 of the form.
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  • "Assignment" means that you give ownership and control of your Basic, Option A, and Option B life insurance coverage to someone else. This means that the money goes to the assignee, or the assignee's beneficiary(ies) when you die. The insurance is still on your life and you must continue to pay for the coverage, but someone else "owns" and controls your coverage. You may assign your life insurance coverage to an individual, a corporation, or an irrevocable trust. Your decision to assign your life insurance coverage is irrevocable; you cannot cancel your assignment if you change your mind. You cannot assign Option C.
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  • Life insurance proceeds are not considered taxable income for the recipients for personal income tax purposes. Typically there is a small amount of interest payable for the days between the date of death and the date of payment.  This interest is reportable as income for Federal Income tax purposes. You may wish to consult your tax advisor for further advice.
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  • Increasing life insurance:  FEGLI life insurance open seasons are infrequent.  None are currently scheduled.   Outside of an open season, eligible employees can enroll or increase their coverage by taking a physical exam or with a Qualifying Life Event. For more information about the physical exam, please see SF 2822. FEGLI life events are marriage, divorce, death of spouse, or acquisition of an eligible child.  With a life event, you can enroll or increase coverage in Basic, Option A, up to five multiples of Option B, and/or up to five multiples of Option C.  You must submit an SF 2817 to your human resources office within 60 days after the life event. Reducing or cancelling life insurance: You can reduce or cancel your FEGLI life insurance at any time, without waiting for an open season.   If you are an employee, submit an SF 2817 to your human resources office, signing only for the coverage you want to keep.   If you are retired, there is no form; you must write a signed letter to OPM's Retirement Office stating clearly the reduction or cancellation you want to make.  Be sure to include your signature, annuity number (CSA/CSF) or social security number, and your phone number.  Send the letter to:
    • Office of Personnel Management 
    • Retirement Operations Center 
    • P.O. Box 45 
    • Boyers, PA 16017-0045
    Please note that you cannot enroll, increase coverage, or restore cancelled coverage after you have retired. Changing beneficiaries: You can change beneficiaries at any time, without waiting for an open season.  Submit an SF 2823 to your human resources office, or to OPM's Retirement Office if you have retired.  The address for OPM's Retirement Office is on page 3 of the form.
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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 report an annuitant's death online or you can call OPM 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 OFEGLI. 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 OFEGLI. 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 an Option C claim form and submit it to the location indicated on page 1.
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  • Please report it at www.opm.gov/reportdeath.  If you are unable to use the website, you can report it by contacting OPM’s Retirement Office at 1-888-767-6738.  The phone lines are open from 7:30am to 5:00pm (Eastern Time). It is a busy phone number so we encourage you to call early in the morning or after 3pm when the phone lines are less busy.
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  • The reductions start at the beginning of the 2nd month after your 65th birthday or the beginning of the 2nd month after your retirement date, whichever is later. For example: Pierre retired December 31, 2017. He will turn 65 on March 15, 2020. The reductions for his Basic and Optional insurance (if applicable) will start May 1, 2020. Here's another example: Selena was 67 years old when she retired on December 31, 2017. Since she was already past 65 when she retired, the reductions for her Basic and Optional insurance (if applicable) will start February 1, 2018.
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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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  • FEGLI life insurance open seasons are rare. The most recent FEGLI open seasons were in 2004 and 2016. Enrollees can cancel or reduce FEGLI life insurance at any time, without waiting for an open season. Enrollees can also make changes to their beneficiary designation at any time. To elect or increase coverage, employees can pass a physical exam, have a qualifying life event such as marriage or birth, or wait for a life insurance open season.  For more information, please visit www.opm.gov/life.
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