Health insurance open season begins Nov. 14

Federal Employees Benefits Open Season will be held Nov. 14 to Dec. 12.

This is the time to enroll for Federal Employees Health Benefits, called FEHB, Flexible Spending Account, or FSA, and Federal Employees Dental & Vision Insurance Program, known as FEDVIP.

Federal Employees Health Benefits

FEHB, comparison guides are no longer produced. Individual FEHB brochures can be found on the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/. Individual brochures are often available by individual carriers at health fairs on post.

The new FEHB rates for 2017 can be found online at http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/premiums/.  New brochures and rates should be posted on the site by the first week of November.

To enroll for FEHB, you must use the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) at https://www.abc.army.mil or 1-877-276-9287. No elections can be made with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center or with hard copy forms.

Flexible Spending Account

Enrollment and reenrollment for flexible spending accounts can be made during Open Season. FSA accounts do not automatically continue; individuals must re-enroll for 2017. Information about FSA can be found at fsafeds.com or by calling 1-877-372-3337. Individuals cannot use BENFEDS to enroll in the FSA program.

Federal Employees Dental & Vision Insurance Program

Elections or changes to dental or vision insurance must be made through the FEDVIP benefits portal at www.benfeds.com or call 1-877-888-337. First time users will be prompted to create an account. The site will also ask the individual about his or her FEHB plan. If making an open season change to FEHB, individuals should list the new plan.

Information about dental insurance, visit www.opm.gov/dental. For more information about vision insurance, visit www.opm.com/vision.

FEHB Health Fairs

APG will host two Federal Employee Health Benefits Health Fairs. The first will be Nov. 15 at the APG North (Aberdeen) recreation center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second will be Nov. 17 at the APG South (Edgewood) recreation center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Health benefit carriers will be available to answer questions and provide 2017 health plan materials.

Any changes made during Open Season will go into effect Jan. 8, 2017. Individuals should check their Leave and Earnings Statement on Feb. 2, 2017 to make sure open season elections took effect.

Open Season information is also consolidated on the ABC webpage at https://www.abc.army.mil/FederalBenefitsOpenSeason.html and the OPM website at www.opm.gov/openseason.

For additional questions, contact Teri Wright at the APG Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at 410-278-4331 or Teresa.l.wright28.civ@mail.mil.

Content provided by the APG Civilian Personnel Advisory Center