New health laws on adding your adult kids to FEHB


Q. I am retired (single ) but I have two daughters ages 24 & 23 who go to school and live at home. How and when can I add them to my FEHB policy?

A. The effective date of this new provision of law is the first day of the plan year that is six months following enactment of the law. For the FEHB program, that means Jan. 1, 2011. OPM will take the necessary actions to comply with the new law by this effective date so that employees and retirees have the information in time for the annual Open Season, which begins in November.


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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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