As a reminder, the annual Open Season, where federal employees can make changes to their health, dental, and vision insurance for 2018, and enroll in flexible spending accounts (FSAFEDS) will be held November 13 through December 11, 2017. Individual health plan brochures, and additional resources, such as information for dental and vision plans, FSA information, and OPM’s improved health plan comparison tool, are available through this OPM webpage.
Federal employees must re-enroll in FSAs annually, and for the 2018 benefit period, the IRS has increased the maximum that can be contributed to a Health Care FSA—individuals can now contribute up to a maximum of $2,650, an increase of $50 from 2017.
Separately, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has recently provided updated guidance to agencies regarding FEHBP eligibility and enrollment for individuals serving as temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees.
Additionally, OPM has also recently advised agencies to make sure employees relocating from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are aware of Qualifying Life Event eligibility that would enable them to enroll in different FEHBP health plans outside of Open Season.
I recommend that all NTEU members, and their family members, make use of this annual opportunity to re-evaluate insurance and other benefit enrollment.