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FEGLI 2016 Open Season

Options A,B, and C & Post Retirement Rate Costs



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Updated 8/20/2016

Rates effective the first pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2016.

 

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a 2016 FEGLI Open Season that runs from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.  FEGLI rate changes take effect the first pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2016. Premiums for employees' basic insurance will not change and most rates for Option A, B and C will decrease. The older age band rates for Options A, B and C will increase along with premium rates for retirees basic insurance with 50% reduction and the no reduction rates. 

According to OPM, "Open Seasons are one method by which healthy individuals can be attracted to join and reduce the risk profile of the program. Some less healthy individuals may elect coverage during Open Seasons. To mitigate this risk, the effective date for employees in active pay status who make an Open Season election would be delayed one full year to October 1, 2017, subject to FEGLI law and regulation, including applicable pay and duty status requirements."

The rate changes are shown below and the new rate schedule for employees and the new rates for annuitants are now available. Employees can change their coverage under certain circumstances including a Qualifying Life Event or by taking a physical exam. Physical exams are not required for initial enrollments when first employed or during open seasons. 

Review your Option B coverage carefully. The cost for multiples increase dramatically, from .494 cents per thousand dollars of coverage to $1.27 per thousand at age 60! In retirement it will cost an annuitant $3.90 per $1,000 of coverage per month from age 75-79 and that increases to $5.70 a month per $1,000 in coverage 80 and over!  If you have health issues that make you uninsurable signing up for or expanding Option B coverage during an open season may make sense. They can't refuse to provide coverage during an open season. Others may find better options and lower costs in the private sector. 

Obtain competitive quotes for Part B coverage to compare costs.  

Retirees are not permitted to participate in FEGLI open seasons.

The open season is an excellent time to add Part C family coverage and the inexpensive Option A. You can continue family coverage for as long as you need it. For more information on Part A and Family coverage read the article titled FEGLI Insurance Options (Part 2) – Options A, B & C. 

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2016 FEGLI Open Season Menu

 

FEGLI Basic Life

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Active Employee's Basic Rate

Cost for each $1,000 of the Basic Insurance

FOR ALL AGES $.150 (15 cents) biweekly or $.3250 monthly.

Retiree's Basic Rate

  75% Reduction 50% Reduction No Reduction
Until the Month after your 65th Birthday $0.3250 monthly $1.0350 monthly $2.4550 monthly
Starting the Month after your 65th Birthday Free $0.71 monthly $2.13 monthly

 

Compensationers Rates

  75% Reduction 50% Reduction No Reduction
Until the Month after your 65th Birthday $0.30 monthly $.96 monthly $2.27 monthly
Starting the Month after your 65th Birthday Free $0.66 monthly $1.97 monthly

 

Cost for each $1,000 of the Basic Insurance Amount in Effect at the Time of your Retirement

You will continue to pay premiums for life (unless you cancel or subsequently elect 75% Reduction). Rates May Change in the Future.

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Option A FEGLI Rates - Standard (Monthly)

Age Group Rates Rate Change
Under 35 $0.43 -0.22
35-39 $0.65 -0.22
40-44 $0.87 -0.43
45-49 $1.52 -0.43
50-54 $2.38 -0.65
55-59 $4.33 -1.62
60 + $13.00  
65+ Free Retirees

Rates May Change in the Future

Option B FEGLI Rates

 

Rates for Option B - Additional

Age Group Monthly, per $1,000 of Coverage
Under 35 $0.043 (no change)
35-39 $0.065 (no change)
40-44 $0.087 (-0.021 change)
45-49 $0.152 (-0.021 change)
50-54 $0.238 (-0.044 change)
55-59 $0.433 (-0.065 change)
60-64 $0.953 (-0.174 change)
65+ Free*
(See below)

For eligible annuitants who elected No Reduction for Option B, coverage is NOT free for age 65+. These annuitants must continue to pay premiums as shown below for No Reduction Option B coverage.

Age Group Monthly, per $1,000 of Coverage
Age 65-69 $1.343 (-0.173 change)
Age 70-74 $2.47 (-0.39 change)
Age 75-79 $3.90 (no change)
Age 80+ $5.20 (+0.52 change)

 

Rates revised 1/1/2016 and may change in the future.

 

Option C FEGLI Family Rates

 

Rates for Option C FEGLI Family Coverage

1 Multiple = $5,000 For A Spouse
1 Multiple = $2,500 For Each Eligible Dependent Child

 

Annuitant's Age Group Monthly, per multiple
Under 35 $0.48  (no change)
35-39 $0.59 (-0.04 change)
40-44 $0.91 (-0.02 change)
45-49 $1.28 (-0.09 change)
50-54 $1.99 (-0.05 change)
55-59 $3.21 (-0.08 change)
60-64 $5.85 (no change)
65+ Free*
(BUT see below)

 

*For eligible annuitants who elected No Reduction for Option C, coverage is NOT free for age 65+. These annuitants must continue to pay premiums, as shown below:

 

Annuitant's Age Group Monthly, per multiple
Age 65-69 $6.80 (no change)
Age 70-74 $8.30 (+0.50 change)
Age 75-79 $11.40 (+1.00 change)
Age 80+ $15.60 (+1.30 change)

 

Rates to be revised 1/1/2016 and may change in the future

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