CSRS retirement health benefits for spouse

Q. I plan to retire in June 2011 after 42 years of service with the POD/USPS. Currently, my wife is insured through her employer. Her health insurance will not carry over into retirement and we wish to add her to my retirement health insurance. What do I need to do before June?
A. If she isn’t currently covered by your own FEHB enrollment, there’s nothing you can do until the next health benefits open season, which will begin in November. At that time, you can elect the self and family option of your health benefits plan

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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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