When you look at Tricare, you may be wondering what the difference between the FEHB open season and regular open enrollment is. There are actually quite a few differences that you will want to know about so that you are not surprised by what happens next year when you go to renew your policy. If you are like many people, you have already looked at different insurance premiums and have seen how much they can cost you each month.
The open enrollment period allows you to shop around for insurance costs and find an affordable policy. While there is nothing wrong with shopping around and getting quotes, it can be helpful for you to understand the basic principles that will help you get the best coverage for the lowest premiums possible.
Open Enrollment Tricare - FEHB Open Season
Open enrollment occurs the first day that you receive a paycheck after being laid off or having an abrupt change in your hours. You must take care of any pressing medical issues that you may have before enrolling in a new health plan. Open Season enrollment changes occur only on the first day of the first full pay month of the current year. Certain life events also give an individual a chance to change medical plans including marriage, childbirth of a baby, moving out of the covered service area of a plan, and several other qualifying events.
Most people have at least one emergency savings account because of their employment. When enrolling in a Tricare health plan, you may notice that you are given the option of increasing your savings. Do this if it makes sense for you based on your current lifestyle and monthly budget. You do not have to change your savings plan once you have enrolled in a Tricare health plan.
As an eligible employee, you automatically continued enrollment until the last day of coverage on your new policy. During FEHB open season, you are permitted to enroll in a different HMO if you would prefer. However, you must provide the company with a copy of the latest pay stub from each pay period that indicates that you have continued coverage. If you do not have a flexible spending account, you are not permitted to enroll in another HMO.
All FEHB open season changes
All FEHB open season changes made to health benefits policies are reported to the Federal Drug Administration by the employer. If you are subject to an FEHB open enrollment change, contact the administrator immediately so that you can be re-enrolled. If you have questions about the changes made, you should contact the administrator. The Feds will not release the final date for enrollment without your permission. You will lose your right to enroll if you do not register within seven days.
Employees who believe that they were improperly enrolled in HMOs will need to follow a number of procedures to reinstate enrollment. To start, they should contact their employer and find out what their individual enrollment code is. If it is different than the current code, then they should contact the National Health Services Authority to request reinstatement. National Health Services Authority agents will provide the specific code required to reinstate your FEHB enrollment.
FEHB open season application
A final note about enrollment codes: If your employer did not submit your FEHB open season application to the federal employee discount plan database, then your enrollment may have been denied. You should contact the FEHB office to see if this happened to you. If so, you should submit a request for reinstatement immediately so that you can resume enrolling in your FEHB. The dates for FEHB open enrollment are posted on the Federal Drug Administration's website. If you did not receive your notice, contact the Discount Plan Registry immediately so that you can determine whether you missed the deadline.
HMO to a PPO insurance plan - FEHB open season
There are many other steps involved in switching from your current HMO to a PPO insurance plan. For more information, contact a healthcare agent. They can give you specific information about how to navigate the changes made to the HMO open season enrollment. They can also help you decide whether or not you will pay for your policy during the open season.