Q. I am a federal employee who is covered by Tricare. Is it true that I can enroll in the FEHB program during the next Open Season and then put it on “hold” when I retire, I can activate it again if I need it? A. Yes, it’s true. If you are enrolled in the FEHB program when you retire, you can suspend that coverage, then reactive it if you ever lose coverage under Tricare.
Q. My wife and I are retired federal workers and currently enrolled in FEHB. I will be eligible for Tricare in January 2020. Do I to wait for next open season to be able to cancel/suspend FEHB coverage or can I cancel/suspend when I become Tricare Eligible? A. According to OPM, “If the documentation showing your eligibility for TRICARE is received within the period beginning 31 days before and ending 31 days after the date you designate as the day you want to use TRICARE or CHAMPVA instead of FEHB coverage, the suspension becomes effective at the end of the…
Q. What happens to bills for medical services previously sent to Blue Cross/Blue Shield that come in after I switch to Tricare for Life? A. Blue Cross/Blue Shield will continue to be the primary payer and Tricare for Life the secondary payer unless you suspend your BC/BS coverage. If you do, TFL will be the sole payer.
Q. I have completed the OPM Form RI 79-9 to suspend my FEHB coverage because my wife and I have Medicare Part A & B and we also have TRICARE for Life. I would like to know If I can fax the signed copy of the form to the Office of Personnel Management and, if I can, what the fax number is. Otherwise, what is the address that I can mail the form and supporting documents (copy of the Medicare cards) to?
Q. I am a retired federal employee that kept my health benefits, which is BCBS Standard, after retirement. My husband is retired military and we are covered under Tricare Prime also. I want to know if my current BCBS coverage will satisfy the Part B plan when I switch to Tricare For Life. I get the deer in the headlights look when I talk to the Tricare people.
Q. I need to suspend my Federal Employees Health Benefits. I am turning 65 and am eligible for TRICARE for life. I have gone to several sites, and tried to call the Office of Personnel Management without success. Please help.