Planning your retirement from the federal workforce takes quite a bit of work. It is often advised to have a plan starting 5 years from your expected retirement date. One area of concern is health coverage. But it doesn’t need to be one that worries you. It’s one of the easiest parts of your plan to prep.
If You Want to Continue Your Health Benefits Coverage…
If you meet all the requirements, you donâ€™t need to do anything to have your same health benefits enrollment continueÂ after your retirement.
If You Want to Cancel or Change Your Health Benefits Coverage…
If you donâ€™t want to continue your health benefits enrollment upon your retirement, you must cancel it on the HealthÂ Benefits Election form (SF 2809) or other appropriate request. This must be your action; your employing office mustÂ not initiate the termination of your enrollment unless you arenâ€™t eligible to continue it after your retirement.
When you cancel your FEHB enrollment as an annuitant, you will never be able to reenroll unless you had canceled itÂ to enroll in a Medicare managed care plan or you had furnished proof of eligibility for Medicaid.
If you are a retiring employee and you submit a request to cancel or change your enrollment, but the cancellation orÂ change can’t become effective until after the starting date of your annuity, your employing office will note on part H ofÂ your request the date it received the form, and will send all copies of your request to your retirement system with yourÂ other health benefits and retirement records.
Your retirement system will make the cancellation effective on the last day of the pay period in which your employingÂ office received your request. If you requested an enrollment change, it will be made effective as indicated inÂ “Opportunities to Enroll or Change Enrollment.” Even though you have requested a cancellation or change, yourÂ retirement system needs information on the enrollment in effect on the day of your retirement, since this enrollmentÂ may remain in effect during a part of your retirement.