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Federal Benefits Open Season Underway Until Dec. 9

The Benefits Open Season, which began on Nov. 11, runs through Dec. 9. If you plan to make an Open Season election, now is the time to do it. Unless you experience a Qualifying Life Event during the year, the annual Open Season is your only opportunity to enroll, cancel your enrollment or make a change to your enrollment for the participating programs.  

For detailed information, visit https://hr.nih.gov/benefits/change-open-season/benefits-open-season

The three participating programs are:  

  • Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program—To enroll, cancel or change your FEHB enrollment, you must use myPay (unless you are retiring between now and Jan. 4) at https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx. Open Season elections will be effective on Jan. 5, 2020. Your current enrollment will automatically continue into next year, if you do not take any action.  
  • Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)—To enroll, cancel or change your FEDVIP enrollment, you must use the BENEFEDS Portal at www.benefeds.com or call 1-877-888-3337 (TTY 1-877-889-5680). Open Season elections will be effective on Jan. 1, 2020.  Your current enrollment will automatically continue into next year, if you do not take any action.  
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAFEDS) Program—To enroll in an FSA for 2020, you must use the FSAFEDS website at www.fsafeds.com or call 1-877-372-3337 (TTY 1-866-353-8058). Note that your current enrollment will not automatically continue into next year. If you want an account in 2020, you must enroll during the Open Season. Open Season elections will be effective on Jan. 1, 2020.

Direct all questions to AskBenefits@nih.gov or your benefits contact. To locate your contact, visit https://hr.nih.gov/contacts/benefits.

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