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Ends Dec. 14

Federal Benefits Open Season Is Underway

The benefits open season began on Nov. 9 and runs through Dec. 14. Don’t miss this opportunity. 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 about the Federal Benefits Open Season, view the announcements at 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 at https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx. Open season elections will be effective on Jan. 3, 2021. Your current enrollment will automatically continue into next year, if you do not take any action during open season. (Exception: If you will be retiring between now and Jan. 2, 2021, do not use myPay to make your open season change. Instead, you must submit a hard copy Health Benefits Election Form, SF 2809, along with your retirement paperwork to your benefits specialist.)
  • 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, 2021. Your current enrollment will automatically continue into next year, if you do not take any action during open season.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program—To enroll in an FSA for 2021, 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 2021, you must enroll during open season. Elections will be effective on Jan. 1, 2021.

If you have questions, email AskBenefits@nih.gov or your benefits contact. To locate your contact, visit https://hr.nih.gov/contacts/benefits.

The NIH Record

The NIH Record, founded in 1949, is the biweekly newsletter for employees of the National Institutes of Health.

Published 25 times each year, it comes out on payday Fridays.

Associate Editor: Carla Garnett
Carla.Garnett@nih.gov

Staff Writers:

Eric Bock
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Dana Talesnik
Dana.Talesnik@nih.gov

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