Suspending FEHB coverage

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Q. I am 63 and retired from Tobyhanna Army Depot. I have coverage with Geisinger Health Plan as part of my retirement package. I have Tricare standard, being retired military. How do I drop Geisinger since I receive Tricare at no monthly cost? It makes no sense to pay for one that is close to $300 per month when I have Tricare that has a much lower deductible, and I will have to come under Medicare Part B in the near future. How do I do this?

A. To preserve your options, you’ll want to suspend you FEHB coverage, not cancel it. To do that, go to https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/ri79-9.pdf, fill out the form and send it to OPM.

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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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    • I have no idea how many federal retirees don’t sign up for Medicate Part B. However, I’m told that many of them don’t because they believe that the amount it costs isn’t matched by the additional benefits Part B provides.

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