FEHB Open Season is Coming Soon

by | Sep 13, 2018

Last Updated December 20, 2022

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Federal employee Open Season for benefits will be from Monday, November 12, 2018-Monday, December 10, 2018. This is the time when you need to make benefit selections for the upcoming year. During this time, you can enroll, change plans or plan options, change enrollment type, or cancel enrollment for FEDVIP and FEHB programs. Also, you can enroll in the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS).

The 2 programs that don’t participate in annual Open Season are FEGLI and FLTCIP.

This year for the first time, certain members of the uniformed services and their families will be eligible to enroll in FEDVIP coverage effective January 1, 2019. Retired uniformed service members and their families who are eligible for the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP, which ends on December 31, 2018) will be eligible for FEDVIP dental coverage, and if they are enrolled in the TRICARE health plan, will be eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage.

Family members of active duty uniformed service members who are also enrolled in the TRICARE health plan will also be eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage.

More information will be made available as the start date approaches.

FAQ’s

FEHB

What are the Open Season options?

  • Enroll
  • Change plans
  • Change enrollment options (Self, Self+One, Self+Family)
  • Cancel coverage

What if I do nothing?

Current coverage will continue. You only need to change plans if your plan coverage has ended in your area, or your plan is terminating participation in the FEHB program.

What is the effective date?

The first day of the first pay period that begins on or after January 1, 2019 and which follows a pay period during any part of which you are in pay status.

FEDVIP

What are the Open Season options?

  • Enroll
  • Change plans
  • Change enrollment options (Self, Self+One, Self+Family)
  • Cancel coverage

What if I do nothing?

Current coverage will automatically continue. If you are satisfied, you don’t need to act.

What is the effective date?

January 1, 2019

FSAFEDS

What are the Open Season options?

  • Enroll/re-enroll in healthcare FSA (HCFSA), Limited Expense Health Care FSA (LEX HCFSA), and Dependent Care FSA (DCFSA)
  • Increase/decrease your election

What if I do nothing?

Your election won’t automatically continue. You must re-enroll to continue your account for the next benefit year.

Note: A condition of being eligible to carry over up to $500 from this plan year’s HCFSA or LEX HCFSA is re-enrolling in either of these 2 plans in the subsequent year. DCFSA’s are ineligible for carryover.

What is the effective date?

January 1, 2019

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