VERA and suspending FEHB coverage


Q. My office is offering Voluntary Early Retirement Authority to qualified employees. I have been employed by the federal government for 26 years and have been covered under health insurance since my initial appointment. I carry the self-and-family plan.

I am considering taking the VERA in January. At the same time, I am considering an employment opportunity outside the federal government should I retire. That company provides health insurance for their employees and family members. I will not work for them long enough to carry their health benefits once I decide I am done working for good.

Is there a way to suspend my health insurance benefits, then re-enroll once I am no longer covered by the other company? Or, is it best to keep the plan I have now?

A. No, there isn’t any way you could suspend your FEHB coverage and re-enroll at a later date.


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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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