Author Reg Jones

Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

Q. If you retire in a medical status due to being retired at 100 percent military nonworkable status, how much do you pay for your health insurance with the FEHB?

Q. I am facing having to retire under a medical retirement. Effective this May I will only have a total of 9 years government service under FERS and I am only 52 years old and not eligible for regular retirement yet. What is the difference between a disability retirement and medical retirement and what would my annuity payment be based on? I was told I would receive 80 percent of my high-3. Is this correct?

Q. My husband retired in December 2016. He has been receiving his FERS non-disability annuity plus the special annuity until he turns 62, which was a few days ago. He was also just approved for Social Security Disability Insurance and will receive a lump sum for all of 2017. Will this lump sum affect the special annuity he already received, since it does have an earnings limit? In other words, will he have to pay it back?

Q. I have read conflicting views on whether the Voluntary Separation Incentives Payments (VSIPs) and annual leave payments are subject to the earnings test. Other sites report under Office of Personnel Management rules monies you earn in the year in which you retire are not subject. Does this mean if I retire in March and lump sum payment for annual leave and a VSIP is paid that year, it does not count against my supplement?

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