Health care coverage


Q. I am a retired CSRS federal employee and have Blue Cross/Blue Shield as primary coverage for myself and my husband. He is retired military and has Tricare Prime for himself and me as secondary coverage. Under Obama’s new health coverage plan, will we be able to continue our coverage as is? Have the BC/BS 2014 premiums been determined/published?  Will I receive notification from the government, as in past years, that it is open season and, if I do not want to change, or am not forced to do so, will I do nothing? Are we required to register/enroll in Obama’s health care coverage since we both have double coverage and want to keep what we have?

A. Yes, you can continue your Federal Employees Health Benefits coverage. No, the 2014 premiums haven’t been published. Yes, you’ll receive notification of the open season and will only have to act if you want to change your enrollment. No, you aren’t required to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.


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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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