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Tribal Employers HR Personnel

 

Overview

On this site, the Tribal Benefits Officer and Tribal Human Resource (HR) Personnel will find resources to help with the day-to-day activities of the FEHB Program. A comprehensive list of other resources can be found on the References Page.

OPM will hold training sessions the second Tuesday of every month at OPM Headquarters, located at 1900 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20415. The sessions will cover such topics as FEHB 101, Enrollment, Eligibility, and Forms. Please ensure that you RSVP at TribalPrograms@opm.gov at least one week before the training date. Please contact TribalPrograms@opm.gov for any questions.

Benefits Officer

Each tribal employer must designate a person to serve as the Tribal Benefits Officer. The Tribal Benefits Officer is responsible for explaining the FEHB Program to tribal employees and other eligible persons, determining individual eligibility for FEHB enrollment and effective dates of health benefits actions, keeping the Contacts page in Tribal Insurance Processing System (TIPS) up to date, and other related matters.

A Tribal Benefits Officer can also delegate responsibility for counseling and advising tribal employees and inputting FEHB enrollment data to Tribal HR Personnel.

Any changes to the designated Tribal Benefits Officer (TBO) should be reported to OPM and NFC at your earliest convenience.

More information on the Tribal Benefits Officer can be found in Chapter 1, Introduction, of the Tribal FEHB Handbook.

Tribal Benefits Administration Letters

The table below provides PDF links to the Tribal Benefits Administration Letters (BALs) from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) about the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.

BAL NumberDateSubject
700 Series – FEHB Open Season Guidance for Tribal Employers
2014 BALS in this series have not yet been issued.
600 Series – FEHB Insurance Policy and Process Issues for Tribal Employers
14-601 04/14/2014 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: Family Member Audit

Tribal Benefits Administration Letters Archive

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2013 | 2012

2013 Carrier letters

BAL NumberDateSubject
700 Series – FEHB Open Season Guidance for Tribal Employers
13-704 09/26/2013 2013 FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees: FEHB Program Significant Plan Changes
Attachment 1: FEHB Significant Plan Changes
Attachment 2: Plan and Service Area Termination FastFacts
13-703 09/26/2013 FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees: Conducting the Open Season
Attachment 1: Inform Tribal Employees and Provide Information about the FEHB Open Season
Attachment 2: Going Green – View Your FEHB Brochure Online or Contact Your Plan for a Paper Brochure
Attachment 3: Tribal FastFacts: What to Consider During the FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees
Attachment 4: Advise Tribal Employees on the FEHB Program
Attachment 5: Process FEHB Enrollment Actions
13-702 09/26/2013 2013 FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees: Ordering and Distributing Materials
Attachment 1: Going Green – View Your FEHB Brochure Online or Contact Your Plan for a Paper Brochure
Attachment 2: Easy to Use Chart for Ordering and Distributing FEHB Materials
Attachment 3: FEHB Plan Contacts for Requesting Brochures
Attachment 4: Open Fee-for-Service (FFS) FEHB Plan Contacts for Ordering Compact Discs for the Visually Impaired
Attachment 5: FEHB Plan Contacts for Organizing Open Season Fairs
Attachment 6: FEHB Plan Contacts of Tribal Liaisons
13-701 07/26/2013 2013 FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees: Announcement
Attachment 1: Tribal FastFacts: What to Consider During Open Season
Attachment 2: FEHB Open Season Checklist
Attachment 3: Helpful Resources for FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees
600 Series – FEHB Insurance Policy and Process Issues for Tribal Employers
13-602 08/27/2013 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision of the Affordable Care Act: The Requirement to Maintain “Minimum Essential Coverage” (MEC)
Attachment 1: Health Care Reform FEHB FastFacts
13-601 07/19/2013 Coverage of Same Sex Spouses

2012 Carrier letters

BAL NumberDateSubject
700 Series – FEHB Open Season Guidance for Tribal Employers
12-704 10/01/2012 2012 FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees: FEHB Program Significant Plan Changes
Attachment 1: 2013 FEHB Significant Plan Changes
Attachment 2: Plan and Service Area Termination FastFact
12-703 09/24/2012 2012 FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees: Conducting the Open Season
Attachment 1: Inform Tribal Employees and Provide Information about Open Season
Attachment 2: Going Green - FEHB Brochure
Attachment 3: Tribal FastFacts What to Consider During Open Season
Attachment 4: Advise Tribal Employees on the FEHB Program
Attachment 5: Process FEHB Enrollment Actions
12-702 09/21/2012 2012 Federal Benefits Open Season: Ordering and Distributing Materials
Attachment 1: Going Green - FEHB Brochure
Attachment 2: Easy to Use Chart for Ordering and Distributing Materials
Attachment 3: FEHB Plan Contacts for Requesting HMO Brochure
Attachment 4: Open FFS FEHB Contacts for Ordering Materials for the Visually Impaired
Attachment 5: FEHB Plan Contacts for Organizing Open Season Fair
Attachment 6: FEHB Plan Contacts for Tribal Liaisons
12-701 07/25/2012 2012 FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees: Announcement
Attachment 1: Tribal FastFacts: What to Consider During Open Season
Attachment 2: FEHB Open Season Checklist
Attachment 3: Helpful Resources for FEHB Open Season for Tribal Employees
600 Series – FEHB Insurance Policy and Process Issues for Tribal Employers
12-604 11/06/2012 2013 Initial Enrollment Opportunity for Tribal Employer: Ordering and Distributing Materials
Attachment 1: Easy to Use Chart for Ordering and Distributing Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Materials
Attachment 2: FEHB Plan Tribal Liaison Contacts
Attachment 3: FEHB Plan Contacts for Requesting Brochures
Attachment 4: FEHB Plan Contacts for Organizing Health Benefits Fairs
Attachment 5: FEHB FFS Contacts for Ordering Compact Discs for the Visually Impaired
12-603 11/06/2012 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: Conducting the Initial Enrollment Opportunity
Attachment 1: Advise, Inform, and Provide Information to Tribal Employees on the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and the Initial Enrollment Opportunity (IEO)
Attachment 2: Tribal FastFacts FEHB Program
Attachment 3: FEHB FastFacts for Tribal Employees Selecting a Health Plan During the IEO
Attachment 4: Initial Enrollment Opportunity Flyer
Attachment 5: Processing FEHB Enrollment Actions
12-602 04/09/2012 Initial Enrollment Opportunity - Ordering and Distributing Materials
Attachment 1: Easy to Use Chart for Ordering and Distributing FEHB Materials
Attachment 2: FFS Plan Contacts
Attachment 3: HMO Plan Contacts
Attachment 4: Open FFS FEHB Contacts for Ordering Materials for the Visually Impaired
12-601 03/02/2012 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: Conducting the Initial Enrollment Opportunity
Attachment 1: Inform Employees and Provide Information about the IEO
Attachment 2: FEHB FastFacts for Tribal Employees
Attachment 3: FEHB FastFacts for Tribal Employees Selecting a Health Plan During the IEO
Attachment 4: Initial Enrollment Opportunity Flyer
Attachment 5: Processing FEHB Enrollment

Each year, OPM provides the following BALs for guidance on the Federal Benefits Open Season.

  1. Open Season: Announcement - We will inform you with general information about the upcoming Open Season. Anticipated Issue Date: Last week of July.
  2. Open Season: Rider Information - We will inform you how to order the FEHB Guide for Tribal Employees. Anticipated Issue Date: First week of August.
  3. Open Season: Ordering and Distribution of Material - We will inform you how to order and distribute Open Season materials. Anticipated Issue Date: Early September.
  4. Open Season: Conducting the Open Season - We will provide you with information on counseling tribal employees, carrier contacts, Open Season actions, effective dates, and tribal employer actions. This BAL will also include the Tribal FastFacts: The Federal Benefits Open Season is Coming! and Tribal FastFacts: What to Consider During Open Season. Anticipated Issue Date: Mid-September.
  5. Open Season: FEHB Significant Plan Changes - We will provide information on significant events affecting certain plans which tribal employers must communicate to their tribal employees. Anticipated Issue Date: Late-September.

OPM provides continual guidance and information to Benefits Officers via OPM's listserv (including the Tribal Benefits Administration Letters). OPM strongly encourages every Benefits Officer and Tribe HR Personnel to subscribe. To subscribe to the listserv, email tribalprograms@listserv.opm.gov and type "Subscribe" in the email subject line.

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