The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially announced the dates for the 2017 FEHB Open Season which will run from Monday, November 13 through Monday, December 11, 2017.
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 (FSA) – 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 automatically
continue from year to year.
– Carryover has been adopted for health care and limited expense health care FSAs.
Participants that are enrolled in one of these FSAs in 2017 will be able to bring up
to $500 of unspent funds from 2017 into 2018. Participants must re-enroll for
the 2018 Benefit Period to be eligible for carryover. Remember, there is not a
grace period for these two accounts.
– The maximum annual election for a Health Care Flexible Spending Account and
the Limited Expense Health Care Flexible Spending Account is $2600 for the
2018 Benefit Period.
– The minimum election for the flexible spending accounts is $100 for the 2018
– The maximum annual election for a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
is $5000 per household for the 2018 Benefit Period. There is no carryover for this
account, but there is a grace period.
- Enroll in, change, or cancel an existing enrollment in a dental plan under the FEDVIP
- Enroll in, change, or cancel an existing enrollment in a vision plan under the FEDVIP
- Enroll in, change, or cancel an existing enrollment in a health plan under the FEHB
2018 FEHB and FEDVIP Premium Rates
OPM will post FEHB and FEDVIP premium rates for 2018 in early October. Participants will
find specific federal benefits open season information — including 2018 FEHB health plan
brochures — on its website, http://www.opm.gov/insure, by the first week in November.
PLEASE NOTE: PEN cannot answer questions regarding health insurance or insurance coverage for postal employees or retirees.