Changing primary recipient of self-and-family plan


Q. My wife and I are both federal employees covered under a family medical plan in my name. I’m thinking of retiring within the year, and my wife has at least five more years to retirement. Can we change the medical insurance to her name to continue pretax payment of insurance premiums and to continue with a flexible spending account?

A. Yes.


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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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