Q. I have been approved for Federal Retirement Disability after having applied for it almost 15 months ago. I am receiving interim payments. I was separated from my federal position before I applied and could not afford to pay for COBRA benefits during the time I waited to be approved. When could I anticipate receiving my health insurance benefits back? How will they calculate my portion of the health insurance premium?
A: According to OPM, as long as you were enrolled in the FEHB program when you separated, your re-enrollment and premium deductions will begin on the same day as the commencing date of your disability annuity.