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Question:  I'm in my 60s, have been a federal employee for more than a decade, and plan to retire as soon as I am eligible to keep my FEHB in retirement. My eOPF shows that the creation date for my FEHB enrollment was Dec. 14, 2016 (following open enrollment season) and the effective date was Jan. 8, 2017. I'm confused about which of these dates marks the beginning of the required five-year FEHB period. What would be my earliest date of retirement with federal health benefits?

Answer: Since your FEHB enrollment became effective on Jan. 8, 2017, your five continuous year FEHB program requirement enrollment became effective that date. Therefore, the earliest you could retire and keep your FEHB enrollment for retirement would be Jan. 8, 2022.

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