2010 Benefits Timeline for Postal Employees
The 2010 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB)
Open Season is scheduled for November 8 through December 14,
p.m. Central Time (CT). Many open season changes
may be made via self-service on PostalEASE.
During this open season, eligible employees may make any one, or a
combination of, the following changes:
Enroll if not enrolled.
Change from one plan to another plan.
Change from one option to another option.
Change from Self Only to Self and Family.
Change from Self and Family to Self Only.
Change from pre-tax to post-tax payment of health insurance premiums, or vice versa.
Enrollment changes and new enrollments
made during the 2010 Open
Season will be effective January 1, 2011 (Pay Period 2-11).
Changes to FEHB Program Dependent
Eligibility Rules Under the
Affordable Care Act
do not have to
live with their parent, be financially dependent upon their parent,
or be students to be covered up to age 26. There is also no
requirement that the child have prior or current insurance coverage.
FEHB program plans will send notice to all their enrollees of the
coverage eligibility changes as a part of that plan’s Open Season
In cases where children have
insurance and are covered under their parent’s Self and Family
enrollment, the children’s employer-provided health insurance will
be the primary payer. FEHB will be the secondary payer.
What you must do if you want to add
your newly eligible child to
If you currently have a Self and Family enrollment and
you do not change to another health
plan or option during Open Season, contact your
FEHB plan and give the information on your newly eligible
child. Do not complete a PostalEASE FEHB
Worksheet or enter dependent information in
PostalEASE to add your child to an existing Self and Family
enrollment. Your child will be covered on January 1, 2011.
If you currently have a Self Only enrollment and you
have newly eligible children, you
must change your enrollment from Self Only to Self and Family if
you want your children to be covered. You must complete a
PostalEASE FEHB Worksheet and enter
enrollment information in PostalEASE to
make this change.
If you are not currently enrolled and you want FEHB
coverage since your children are now
eligible, you must enroll for Self and Family coverage to provide
coverage for your children. You must complete a
PostalEASE FEHB Worksheet and enter enrollment information in
PostalEASE to make this change.
If you are enrolling or changing your enrollment,
be sure to include all children up to age 26 when completing your
PostalEASE FEHB Worksheet or using
Distribution of Open Season Materials
2010 Guide to
Benefits for (1) Career employees (RI 70-2); (2) Postal
Inspection Service and Office of Inspector General (OIG) employees
(RI 70-2IN); and (3) Certain temporary (noncareer) employees (RI
70-8PS) will be mailed from the national level to each employee’s
address of record. Each 2011 Guide to Benefits
An overview of FEHB Program eligibility requirements
and election choices during open season.
Overviews of the Federal Employees Dental and
Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP),
Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSA), Federal Employees’
Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI), and Federal Long Term Care
Insurance Program (FLTCIP).
comparison of biweekly premium costs of participating
An explanation of the pre-tax payment feature, including a current listing of
qualifying life events.
FEHB member survey results provided by the individual
Information about plans that are committed to the use of health information technology
and healthcare quality and price/cost information.
FEHB Worksheet and PostalEASE Health
Savings Account (HSA) Worksheet for employees enrolled in High
Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) who wish to make pre-tax payroll
contributions to their HSAs.
Employees will also receive the
2011 Guide to
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
To assist in publicizing this FEHB Open
Season, all installations
are asked to post on bulletin boards the open season notice provided
49 of this Postal Bulletin and
leave it posted through December
The Federal Employees Dental and Vision
Insurance Program (FEDVIP)
open season notice provided on page
51 of this Postal Bulletin should
be posted on bulletin boards through December
The Material Distribution Center (MDC)
will make an automatic
distribution of most fee-for-service brochures to all customer
service district offices, processing and distribution centers,
airport mail centers, and bulk mail centers, or, if you wish to
elect a different Self and Family plan or option than the one you
currently have, the Office of Inspector General, selected Postal
Inspection Service divisions, and selected Headquarters field
Benefit Plan brochure will be distributed automatically only
to district and area Human Resources offices. Additional copies may
also be requisitioned from the MDC.
The following items may be
requisitioned from the MDC:
2010 Guide to Benefits
for Career USPS Employees — PSN 7690-03-000-3774.
2010 Guide to Benefits
for USPS Inspectors and Office of Inspector General Employees
— PSN 7690-09-000-9077.
2010 Guide to Federal
Benefits for Temporary Continuation of Coverage and Former Spouse
Enrollees — PSN 7690-03-000-3772.
RI 70-8 PS,
2010 Guide to Benefits for Certain Temporary (Non-career) USPS
Employees — PSN 7690-03-000-3754.
2010 Guide to Federal Employees Dental and
Vision Insurance Program for USPS employees (including law
enforcement) — PSN 7610-09-000-9112.
Order these items directly from plan sponsors:
These two forms are available on the Postal Service™
PS Form 8201,
Insurance Premium Waiver/ Restoration Form for Career Employees.
PS Form 8202,
Insurance Premium Election/Waiver Form for Noncareer Employees.
To find these forms, go to
under “Essential Links,” click Forms, or
contact the Human Resources Shared Service Center at 877-477-3273,
option 5; TTY 866-260-7507.
Health Benefits Open Season Administrative and
Processing Information (November 2010), addresses FEHB Open
Season administrative issues. It contains the following information:
Publication 12 will be available on the Postal Service PolicyNet website: