Insurance for spouse


Q: My husband is retired from civil service. We were not married at the time of his retirement. It has been three years since we married and I wanted to know if I was able to get coverage on his health insurance. We had attempted to get some help locally when we first got married but we were told no.

A: He could have done that from 31 days before you married through 60 days after the event. Since he didn’t, he can still change from self-only to self-and-family coverage during the upcoming FEHB open season.


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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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