Did you know that the Federal Benefits Open Season happens only once a year? Unless you experience a Qualifying Life Event during the year, the Open Season is your only opportunity to enroll, cancel your enrollment, or make a change to your enrollment for the participating programs. The Open Season will run November 9 – December 14, 2020. This is the time to review and update your benefits, if needed. Don’t miss out on this important opportunity.
The following three programs are participating in this year’s Open Season for the 2021 plan year: 1) Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program; 2) Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP); and 3) Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program.
The new 2021 plan brochures and premiums will soon be available on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website. If you do not take any action during the Open Season, your current FEHB and FEDVIP enrollments will automatically continue into 2021. However, FSA enrollments do not automatically continue into the new year. If you want an FSA in 2021, you must make an election during the Open Season.
Please be aware that if you want to enroll, change, or cancel your health benefits enrollment during the Open Season, you must use myPay (*unless you are retiring between now and January 2). Therefore, now is the time to confirm you have your myPay Login. If you have forgotten your Login or Password, click the “Forgot Your Login ID?” or “Forgot or Need a Password?” link on the right side of the myPay screen. Using this method, your Password can be e-mailed to you if you pre-registered your e-mail address, or it can be mailed to your current home address of record within 7 to 10 business days.
(*Exception: If you are retiring between now and January 2, 2021, do not use myPay to make your Open Season election. Instead, submit a hardcopy Health Benefits Election Form, SF 2809, with your retirement paperwork to your Benefits Specialist.)
Additional information about the Open Season will be forthcoming in the near future.