The Federal Employees Health Benefits Open Season Will Begin Soon

The federal employees’ health benefits open season will begin in a few days time. Two different health fairs would also be organized during this season. During the open season, the federal workers would get the option to enroll in, change or cancel any of the plans available to them. All the information regarding the open season and the privileges given to federal employees during this time are available online.

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Details of Federal Employees Health Benefits Open Season

The dates of Federal Employees Health Benefits Open Season have been announced. It will begin on November 14, 2016, and end on December 12, 2016. During the open season, two different health fairs will also be organized. These will be organized by varied health insurance representatives. The first health fair is to be held on November 8 to November 10, 2016, from 9 AM to 4 PM. The second fair would be organized from December 6, 2016, to December 8, 2016.

Key Information

The Office of Personnel Management’s website http://www.opm.gov/insure has all the information one needs during the open season. It has information on Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB), the Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). It also has information regarding the 2017 premiums.

The Privileges

Every open season allows some privileges to the federal employees. The first is to let them enroll in, cancel or change the enrollment in any vision or dental plan under FEDVIP. Second is to let them enroll in a flexible spending account. The last one is to let them enroll in, cancel or change the enrollment in any of the varied health plans available as per the FEHB.

The Online Assistance

The tasks of making open season enrollments and changes at the EBIF or Employee Benefits Information System can be done easily online now. The feds just need to use an easy web application via AFPC Secure at https://mypers.af.mil. It is under the tab called access Employee Benefits Information System (EBIS) transactions.

So, if someone is a federal employee, it’s the right time for him or her to talk to a finance expert and get an idea on what changes, cancellation or new enrollment would suit the person best. Each of the federal employees must be cautious while making the changes as these changes would most likely have a long-term impact.