Spouse carrying FEHB into retirement


Q. My wife is a retiring federal civilian employee (Federal Employees Health Benefits) and just won her military retirement appeal, which should make her eligible for Tricare. As the spouse, did I have to be covered under her FEHB coverage for five years to be eligible myself? And are there similar requirements for Tricare?

A. Your spouse is the only one who needs to be covered for the five consecutive years before she retires to carry her FEHB coverage into retirement. Because this is a site for federal civilian employees and retirees, I don’t know the rules for Tricare. She’ll have to check with them.


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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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