Friday, June 28, 2013


OPM released late this afternoon guidance to human resources officers on how to implement the Supreme Court decision holding DOMA Section 3 unconstitutional. Here's the FEHB guidance which makes sense to the FEHBlog:
Health Insurance (FEHB):  All legally married same-sex spouses will now be eligible family members under a Self and Family enrollment.  In addition, the children of same-sex marriages will be treated just as those of opposite-sex marriages and will be eligible family members according to the same eligibility guidelines. This includes coverage for children of same-sex spouses as stepchildren.  Employees and annuitants will have 60 days from June 26, 2013 until August 26, 2013, to make immediate changes to their FEHB enrollment.  Enrollees will continue to be eligible to make changes to their coverage options during Open Season later this year.  For those employees and annuitants who already have a Self and Family insurance plan, coverage for their same-sex spouse will begin immediately upon their notifying their FEHB carrier that there is a newly eligible family member.  For those employees and annuitants electing Self and Family for the first time, benefits will be effective on the first day of the first pay period after the enrollment request is received.  While online enrollment systems are updated, it may be necessary for employees and annuitants to update their elections using the paper (rather than electronic) version of the SF2809 form.

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