Change in marital status after retirement


Q. If my marital status changes after I retire, is my new spouse covered by my health benefits?

A. Yes, under Code 2A of the Office of Personnel Management’s Table of Permissible Changes in Federal Employees Health Benefits Enrollment. Use Standard Form 2809, available at, click on Forms.


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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

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