Q. I changed from GEHA high deductible to Blue Cross/Blue Shield Standard Family and would like to add one of the vision plans. When I called BEST, they told me this could only be done during open season. I thought this was like an addition to the Federal Employees Health Benefits plan. I realize these are stand-alone plans, and I haven’t had a life qualifying event. I just want to get a vision plan for the first time. Have I missed the boat until the next open season?
A. Yes, you’ve missed the boat. Unless you have a life qualifying event or are a newly hired employee, enrollment is only possible during the annual open season.