Federal Employees News Digest

Tricare: Open season begins

During this Federal Employees Open Season, don’t forget that it’s TRICARE Open Season too—for those feds already covered by—or eligible for—either TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select.

Nov. 9 through Dec. 14 is the window for selecting your healthcare coverage plan. You can remain in your current plan—or switch up your options.

The important point is—just like certain other benefits and insurance coverages, if you don’t make your selection during the “open season” period, you can only enroll to these specific programs or make changes to your existing selection under limited circumstances.

“Outside of TRICARE Open Season, you can enroll in or change enrollment to TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select following a Qualifying Life Event (QLE),” the TRICARE site warns. “A QLE is a certain change in your life, such as marriage, birth of a child, or retirement from active duty, which may mean different TRICARE health plans are available to you and your family members.”

“A TRICARE QLE opens a 90-day period for you to make eligible enrollment changes,” the site continues. “A QLE for one family member creates a chance for all eligible family members to make enrollment changes.”

The TRICARE program has more than 9.6 million enrollees.

To see more about QLE’s, click here.

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