Suspending FEHB


Q. I’m retired and will soon be 65 years old, which means I will enroll in Tricare and Medicare, leaving federal-level coverage of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Can I reenroll in the FEHB program if I’m not happy with Tricare? I also have Aetna federal dental plan? Can I keep Aetna with Tricare?

A. Yes, you can suspend your FEHB coverage to enroll in Tricare and reactivate it during any FEHB Open Season. For the official word on how this is done — and the answers to other questions you haven’t yet asked — go to


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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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