Q. If a federal government employee gets divorced before retiring and his ex-spouse is covered by FEHB under Spouse Equity, and after retiring the former employee remarries, is he allowed to cover his new spouse under FEHB? In other words, does the fact that his ex-spouse is cover under FEHB by Spouse Equity prevent the former employee from covering his new spouse under FEHB in retirement? On a similar note, what if he divorces after retirement, his ex-spouse is covered by Spouse Equity and then he remarries? Is the new spouse eligible to be covered under the retiree’s FEHB?
A. Your ex-spouse is paying her own FEHB premiums under a separate enrollment. Therefore, you could cover your new spouse under the self and family option of your plan. This is true whether you are an employee or a retiree. Just be aware that if you were to die, your new spouse would have to be receiving a survivor annuity to continue that FEHB coverage.