Shutdown and FEHB open season


Q. If the current government shutdown extends beyond the Nov. 11-Dec. 9 Federal Employees Health Benefits open season, will the open season be extended?  I am not alone in having to elect changes due to insurers exiting the FEHB market next year. How will health benefits continue into the new year if the shutdown lasts that long and one’s current health provider is no longer providing coverage?

A. Since everyone who could provide an official answer to your question has been furloughed, we’ll both have to wait until the shutdown has ended.


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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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