April 9, 2014
Subject: Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: Self Plus One Enrollment
This email is to notify you that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will be implementing a new enrollment type,” Self Plus One”, under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. The effective date for the new “Self Plus One” enrollment will be January 1, 2016. Therefore, the annual Benefits Open Season beginning November 9, 2015 will include the “Self Plus One” enrollment type in the available choices.
Section 706 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 amends Section 8905 of title 5, United States Code, to add a” Self Plus One” enrollment type to the FEHB Program. The “Self Plus One” enrollment type will cover the enrollee and one eligible family member.
OPM will be updating materials including the Standard Form 2809, the FEHB Handbook, the Guide to Federal Benefits, and the OPM website. The FEHB Program regulations will also be updated. The FEHB carriers are taking action to have” Self Plus One” implemented by September 1, 2015. The new “Self Plus One” 3-digit enrollment codes will end in “3” or “6”. The codes ending in “3” will correspond to each plan’s 3-digit enrollment codes ending in 1 and 2.
Likewise, the new” Self Plus One” 3-digit enrollment codes ending in “6” will correspond to each plan’s 3-digit enrollment codes ending in 4 and 5.
More information will be provided as updates occur.