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The Office of Personnel Management has changed its policy concerning the participation of tribal employers* to make it easier for them to enroll their employees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Learn More
Welcome to the Tribal Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program website. This site provides details on the FEHB Program, eligibility, enrollment, plan information, premium rates, and more.
The FEHB Program offers a wide variety of plans and coverage to help you meet your health care needs. The Program is available to eligible employees and eligible family members of entitled tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations (under the Affordable Care Act's incorporation of the Indian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization and Extension Act of 2009). The FEHB Program is administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
An important hallmark of the FEHB Program is providing choice and competition. The Program is open to every eligible employee regardless of health status. There are no pre-existing condition limitations or waiting periods in the FEHB Program. Every employee has the opportunity to choose the plan that best suits the employee's individual needs. On average, an employee can choose from at least 15 health plans.
The FEHB Program offers a wide selection of health plans for eligible employees and their eligible family members. Eligible employees may choose from:
Use this site to compare the costs, benefits, and features of different plans. OPM chose the different benefit categories based on enrollee requests, differences among plans, and simplicity. When choosing a health plan, OPM urges you to consider the total benefit package including the premium, covered benefits, out-of-pocket costs, and plan provider (PPO or HMO) availability... View More
The plan brochures show you what services and supplies are covered and the level of coverage. Review the brochures carefully. The brochures are formatted to ensure they are all organized alike. You can get brochures from the health plans or your tribal employer. Be informed when it comes to your health care.
Health information technology, based on broadly accepted standards, will allow patients, health care providers, and payers (insurance carriers) to share information securely, driving down costs by avoiding duplicate procedures and manual transactions. More importantly, HIT will reduce medical errors; for instance, from misread, handwritten prescriptions and emergency care medical decisions made without complete and accurate information. Since privacy and security considerations are central to Federal HIT implementation plans, patient records will be protected from inappropriate disclosure.
* Note: The term tribal employers is used to designate tribes, tribal employers and urban Indian organizations.
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 states: (1) tribes or tribal organizations carrying out programs under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; and (2) urban Indian organizations carrying out programs under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, are entitled to purchase coverage, rights, and benefits from the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program for their employees.
If a tribe, tribal organization or urban Indian organization participates in FEHB, the tribe employee can elect FEHB coverage, unless their position is excluded by law or regulation. The human resources officer of the tribe, tribal organization, or urban Indian organizations applies these rules and determines your eligibility. However, there are numerous special provisions for people in part-time or intermittent employment, temporary appointments, and specifically named positions. This chapter in the FEHB Handbook for Tribes explains these provisions. Contract employees, retirees, and volunteers will not be eligible to enroll in FEHB.
Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) is a feature of the FEHB Program that allows certain people to temporarily continue their FEHB coverage after regular coverage ends. TCC enrollees must pay the full premium for the plan they select (that is, both the employee and Tribal Employer shares of the premium) plus a 2 percent administrative charge.
Family members eligible for coverage under your Self Plus One or Self and Family enrollment are your spouse (including a valid common law marriage) and children under age 26, including legally adopted children, stepchildren, and recognized natural (born out of wedlock) children. Foster children are included if they live with you in a regular parent-child relationship. 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. Note that with a Self Plus One enrollment, only one eligible family member can be designated for coverage. The tribal employer will look at the child's relationship to the enrollee to determine whether the child is a covered family member.
If tribe employees keep their FEHB enrollment during military service, they may continue their enrollment for up to 12 months while they are on military duty. They are responsible for the enrollee share of the premium during this period, just like any other employee in leave without pay status. Current Federal law extends the 12-month period an additional 12 months. During this additional period, they must pay both the employee and the tribal employer’s share of the premium, plus an additional 2 percent of the total premium, on a current basis.
The employing office may waive the requirement that tribe employees pay their share of FEHB premiums during all or any part of the 24-month period if their orders show that they are called to active duty in support of a contingency operation. If their employing office waives the premium, it must remit the full premium (employee and agency share) to OPM on a current basis.
When a tribal employer chooses to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, the Initial Enrollment Opportunity occurs. It is the time period for eligible tribal employees to enroll in the FEHB Program. Please check with your tribal employer to see if they have elected to participate in FEHB and if they have, when your Initial Enrollment Opportunity occurs.
During the annual FEHB Open Season, which is held mid-November through mid-December, anyone eligible to participate in the FEHB Program may enroll, change health plans or options, cancel FEHB enrollment, and change participation in premium conversion (waive or begin participation). If the tribe, tribal organization or urban Indian organization participates in premium conversion, employees may change their premium conversion status.
Outside of Open Season, newly eligible employees may enroll within 60 days of their becoming eligible for the FEHB program, members who move outside of the area covered by their HMO may enroll in a different FEHB plan covering their new location. OPM may announce special enrollment opportunities affecting members of specific plans only. There are also a number of other circumstances (qualifying life events) which can make you eligible to enroll or change your FEHB coverage outside of Open Season.
To make any of these changes, employees can submit Standard Form 2809, Employee Health Benefits Election Form to your Human Resources Office.
In the tables below, you can find the monthly premiums, the total premiums, and the minimum amount your tribal employer must pay for each health plan (this amount is the same amount that Federal agencies contribute for their employees). Be sure to check with your tribal employer as there are some tribal employers who may choose to pay a larger portion of your premiums (up to 100 percent).
When a tribal employer chooses to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program their eligible tribal employees must elect to either enroll, or not enroll in the FEHB Program. This is called the Initial Enrollment Opportunity. Please check with your tribal employer for the dates of your Initial Enrollment Opportunity.
Tribal employees who are considered common law employees and meet FEHB requirements for the type of employment are eligible to enroll in FEHB. Check with your tribal employer to see if you are eligible to enroll.
For details on the common law standard, please see pages two through five.
Contract employees, tribal retirees, and volunteers are not eligible to enroll in FEHB.
Please contact your tribal employer for the specific date of when your Initial Enrollment Opportunity begins.
Please contact your tribal employer for the specific dates or the specific time period of your Initial Enrollment Opportunity.
It is your opportunity to enroll in an FEHB health plan. You cannot enroll in the FEHB Program at any other time unless it is during the annual open season (approximately mid-November through mid-December each year) or if you experience a Qualifying Life Event.
Two types of plans are available:
Both types offer several plan designs and options such as a point-of-service product, high deductible, and consumer-driven options.
For more information on each type of plan, please view the Plan Information tool.
Please contact your tribal employer for the specific effective date of when your health insurance coverage will begin. Generally, the effective date of coverage should be the first day of the month following the end of the Initial Enrollment Opportunity.
Your costs include both your share of premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. Premium information can be found on the tribal rates page. You can view information on both premiums and your out-of-pocket costs in the 2016 FEHB brochures. Tribal employers are expected to provide an employer contribution to premium that is the same as the Government contribution for Federal employees. A tribal employer may pay more than the Government contribution amount, but not less.
Complete and submit a Standard Form 2809, Employee Health Benefits Election Form to your tribal employer. For information on how to fill out the SF 2809, please visit the SF 2809 Guidance for Tribal Employees.
You can find information on:
The FEHB health plan brochures are available. In this tool, you'll see a map of the United States. When you click on a state, three charts will appear showing all available plans in the state with links to their health plan brochures. Simply find the plan that interests you and click the link to its brochure.
Several items can help you choose an FEHB plan that best meets your needs:
To compare plan benefits and out-of-pockets costs:
For a full list of resources see the Initial Enrollment Opportunity Resources.
If you need assistance or have a question, contact your human resources office. Your tribal employer should provide you with contact information.
The following resources will provide guidance as to what coverage and premiums best suits your needs.
This FastFact provides an overview to the FEHB Program with frequently asked questions
This FastFact provides questions you should consider before selecting a health plan.
This FastFact provides an overview to the FEHB Program to New/Newly Eligible Tribal Employees
Quick GuideThe Quick Guide provides answers to over 30 commonly asked questions about the FEHB Program.
You can find the monthly premiums, the total premiums, and the minimum amount your tribal employer must pay for each health plan. Be sure to check with your tribal employer as the rates listed reflect the maximum amount you will be required to pay. Some tribal employers may choose to pay a larger portion of your premiums (up to 100 percent).
To enroll during your Initial Enrollment Opportunity, complete and submit the Health Benefits Election Form to your tribal employer.
Health plan brochures provide a wealth of information including the listing of covered services, benefits, and premiums.
OPM's health plan comparison tool.