Federal Benefits Open Season Underway, Ends Dec. 13
The Benefits Open Season runs through Dec. 13. If you plan to make an election, now is the time. Unless you experience a Qualifying Life Event during the year, Open Season is your only opportunity to enroll, cancel or make a change to enrollment for the participating programs.
For details, view https://hr.nih.gov/benefits/change-open-season/benefits-open-season.
The three participating programs are:
1) Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program—To enroll, cancel or change FEHB enrollment, you must use myPay* at https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx. Elections will be effective on Jan. 2, 2022. Current enrollment will automatically continue into next year, if you do not take any action.
*Exception: If you will be retiring between now and Jan. 1, 2022, do not use myPay to make your change. Instead, you must submit a hard copy Health Benefits Election Form, SF 2809, along with your retirement paperwork to your benefits specialist.
2) Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)—To enroll, cancel or change 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 become effective on Jan. 1, 2022. Current enrollment will automatically continue into next year, if you do not take any action.
3) Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program—To enroll in an FSA for 2022, you must use the FSAFEDS website at www.fsafeds.com or call 1-877-372-3337 (TTY: 1-866-353-8058). Current enrollment will not automatically continue into next year. If you want an account in 2022, you must enroll during the Open Season. Elections take effect Jan. 1, 2022.
Direct questions to AskBenefits@nih.gov or your benefits contact. Find your contact at https://hr.nih.gov/contacts/benefits.