Adding husband to insurance


Q. I work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and I will be mandatory in 2-1/2 years. I got married in December and my husband is covered by VA. If I add my husband to my health insurance during open season in 2014, will he be able to remain when I retire in January 2016? I’m wondering because he will not have been on my insurance for five years.
A. As a federal employee, you are the only one who has to be covered by the Federal Employees Health benefits program to carry that coverage into retirement. If you add him to your enrollment and have elected a survivor annuity for him, he would be able to continue that coverage if you were to die, regardless of how long he had been covered as a dependent.


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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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