Health & Safety

December 5, 2013

2014 FEHB open season ends Dec. 9

Janis El Shabazz
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program continues through Dec. 9.

The average premium rate for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase by 3.7 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Office of Personnel Management officials. That percentage is only slightly higher than last year’s 3.4 percent increase, and less than the 2013 national average increase. The average premium increase for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program will be less than 1 percent for dental coverage and average premiums for vision benefits will decrease by 1.3 percent.

Federal Employees Health Benefits

There are no significant benefit changes for 2014 and more plan choices: 256, up by more than 10 percent from 2013.

Some plans are reducing their service areas or leaving the FEHB Program altogether, though. Employees in terminating plans or service area reductions with terminating enrollment codes must enroll in a new health plan during open season if they want coverage. If they do not enroll in a new plan, they will not have FEHB coverage in 2014. Agency officials have been instructed to notify enrollees of the need to select new plans for 2014; however all employees should review OPM guidance for the 2014 open season before making a selection.

Coverage under an enrollee’s new health plan will be effective the first day of the pay period beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014. For most employees that will be the pay period beginning Sunday, Jan. 12. Enrollees will remain covered and receive the 2013 plan benefits until coverage under the new plan is effective.

Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program

There are three new dental plans and one new vision plan in FEDVIP. There are a total of 10 dental plans and four vision plans for employees to review during open season. Additionally the GHI plan has changed its name to EmblemHealth.

Federal Flexible Spending Account

Eligible employees can enroll in FSAFEDS during the open season, and current enrollees must enroll annually to continue participating in FSAFEDS. Enrollment does not carry forward year to year.

For more information about the comprehensive open season and the Affordable Care Act, go to myPers at https://myPers.af.mil, or the Internal Revenue Service website at www.irs.gov/uac and search for “questions and answers on the individual shared responsibility provision.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Be physically prepared for summer sports to prevent injury

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – Winter has ended and many people are headed outdoors to play their favorite sports, but couch potatoes beware. Summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for sport injuries. Children and adults should properly prepare and ease into summer sports such as basketball, track and field, football, golf or soccer to...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert)

Summer heat brings dangers for man’s best friend

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – As summer continues to funnel its way into the desert southwest, temperatures continue to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people enjoy a day at the pool and barbeques, but others en...
 
 

DoD announces new award for sexual assault prevention innovation

WASHINGTON – Defense Department officials today announced the first Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award to recognize military and civilian contributions that advance the department’s goals of preventing sexual assault. Core elements of the military’s strategy to prevent sexual assault include the promotion of innovative ideas and enhanced collaboration among the services, officials...
 

 

TRICARE offers 24/7 nurse advice line

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Sometimes it is difficult to know if and when to seek medical help for an acute health problem, so having professional assistance at a moment’s notice is invaluable. The Military Health System’s new Nurse Advice Line for TRICARE beneficiaries does just that. As of April 2014, TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook/Released)

Be aware, be prepared

Airmen are reminded to wear the proper protection while operating a bicycle in order to reduce risk of injury in case of an unexpected incident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012, 726 pedal...
 
 
080801-F-9528H-004

Drowning: You probably have no idea what it looks like

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – In two recent examples of vigilance, Air Combat Command Airmen have discovered that drowning isn’t always accompanied with shouts and thrashing. Victims sometimes slip silently beneath t...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin