2013 FEHB Open Season Dates Announced by OPM
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially announced the dates for the
2013 FEHB Open Season which will run from Monday, November 11, 2013 through
Monday, December 9, 2013.
During the annual open season, employees can take the actions listed below
for the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS), Federal Employees
Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), and the Federal Employees Health
Benefits (FEHB) Program.
- - Enroll in a flexible spending account -- a health care and/or dependent
care account, under the FSAFEDS Program. Unlike with other programs, employees
MUST reenroll in FSAFEDS each year to participate. Enrollments DO NOT carry over
from year to year.
- The maximum annual election for a Health Care Flexible Spending Account and
the Limited Expense Health Care Flexible Spending Account is $2,500 for the 2014 Benefit Period.
- The maximum annual election for a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
is $5,000 for the 2014 Benefit Period.
- The minimum election for the flexible spending accounts is $250.
- Enroll in, change, or cancel an existing enrollment in a dental plan under
the FEDVIP Program. Three new dental plans will be added in 2014.
- Enroll in, change, or cancel an existing enrollment in a vision plan under
the FEDVIP Program. One new vision plan will be added in 2014.
- Enroll in, change, or cancel an existing enrollment in a health plan under
the FEHB Program.
2014 Premium Rates
OPM stated they will provide FEHB and FEDVIP premium rates for 2014 in early
October. Participants can find specific Federal Benefits Open
Season information on the OPM website (http://www.opm.gov) in early November.
Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)
Last year, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, FEHB plans provided a
summary document detailing information about health plan benefits and coverage
on their websites.
In order to help FEHB enrollees better understand their coverage and allow
them to easily compare different plans and plan options, the Summary of Benefits
and Coverage (SBC) document includes information on the following:
- Cost - deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket limits
- Coverage - covered services, examples of covered services, and excluded
- Rights - rights to continue coverage and grievance and appeal rights
Source: OPM BAL 13-401