Medicare and Blue Cross/Blue Shield


Q. I’m a federal retiree who is considering changing to Blue Cross/Blue Shield Basic during the next open season. How does Medicare Part A work in conjunction with BC/BS Basic? Which would be the primary?

A. Medicare would be primary and your Federal Employees Health Benefits plan secondary. To find out how the two benefits would be coordinated, check with your 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

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