FEHB qualifying event


Q. I am a GS with the Veterans Affairs Department, but also retired military. I have used Tricare Prime as my insurance since I retired two years ago, but with the new changes to Tricare, I am in an area that is losing Tricare Prime on Oct. 1 and being reverted to Tricare Standard. I have a daughter with a medical condition that requires frequent physician follow-ups, and being placed on Tricare Standard alone scares me. Would loss of existing health insurance be a “qualifying event” for me to buy into a Federal Employees Health Benefits plan?

A. According to the Office of Personnel Management, the move from Tricare Prime to Tricare Standard wouldn’t constitute a loss of existing coverage. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a qualifying event. You could, if you wish, enroll in the FEHB program during the next 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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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