Benefits Newsletters

Latest Newsletter: February, 2019

Mon, Feb 4th 2019, 11:18am

Federal employees and annuitants with Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) coverage will soon receive the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms 1095-B and 1095-C.  The information contained on these forms will help you complete your 2018 tax return.

Form 1095-B, Health Coverage

Mon, Feb 4th 2019, 11:21am

When your child reaches age 26, he or she is no longer eligible to be covered under your health benefits enrollment.  If your child turning age 26 means that you have no other eligible family members, or you have only one remaining eligible family member, you must submit a Health Benefits Election Form, SF 2809, to your Benefits Contact to change your enrollment to “Self Only” or “Self Plus One” coverage.  The change is not automatic.

Mon, Feb 4th 2019, 11:24am

When your child reaches age 22 (or marries before age 22) he or she is no longer eligible to be covered under your life insurance family enrollment. This is true even if your child is still in school.  If your child is no longer eligible for coverage and was your only covered family member, you must submit an election form to your Benefits Contact to cancel the Option C-Family coverage.  The change is not automatic.

Mon, Feb 4th 2019, 11:28am

If you are getting married or divorced, or you are having or adopting a child, those are qualifying life events (QLE) that will allow you to make certain changes to your benefits.   For information on the timelines and the process, go here

Questions may be directed to your Benefits Contact or AskBenefits@nih.gov.

Mon, Feb 4th 2019, 11:32am

You may owe money to the retirement fund if one of the following applies to you:

Mon, Feb 4th 2019, 11:41am

Employees who performed active duty military service after December 31, 1956 (after June 30, 1960, in the PHS Commissioned Corps), may need to pay a military deposit (including interest) to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) prior to retirement in order to receive retirement credit for their military service. The requirements are different for different retirement systems.

Mon, Feb 4th 2019, 11:56am

If you are entitled to Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) at age 65, you should enroll, even if you are still working. This may help cover some of the costs that your Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plan may not cover, such as deductibles, coinsurance, and charges that exceed the plan's allowable charges.   There is no premium for Part A.  The Medicare taxes you pay while working entitles you to Part A.  

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