Author Reg Jones

Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

Q. I have completed the OPM Form RI 79-9 to suspend my FEHB coverage because my wife and I have Medicare Part A & B and we also have TRICARE for Life. I would like to know If I can fax the signed copy of the form to the Office of Personnel Management and, if I can, what the fax number is. Otherwise, what is the address that I can mail the form and supporting documents (copy of the Medicare cards) to?

Q. What is the reasoning behind why FERS retirees don’t receive a COLA increase until age 62 and CSRS retirees receive it proportionately in the year after they retire?

Q. I have a total of 18 years of active duty and reserve time, and I will be retiring in two years once I complete my 20 years of service. I am currently a civil employee. Do I buy back my military time toward FERS civilian service or do I hold up and completely retire from the military and then buy back the civil service time?

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