Blue Cross and Blue Shield after retirement

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Q: I am considering retiring, but need to know whether there is a specific form I must complete in order to continue my Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance after retirement? I have had BCBS for over 5 years.

A: No special form is required. Your coverage will continue seamlessly without your doing anything other than your checking the box confirming your eligibility on the Application for Immediate retirement: Standard Form 2801 (Civil Service Retirement System) or 3107 (Federal Employees Retirement System).

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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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  1. When I retired from the USPS in 2015, I continued BCBS Federal coverage. March 2018, I start Medicare. Will my BCBS coverage automatically stop or something I do to discontinue?

    • No, it won’t stop. And you may not want to discontinue that coverage because the combination of Medicare and BCBS (or any other FEHB plan) will substantially reduce your out-of-pocket costs.

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