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Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Updates

June 11, 2024
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Special Enrollment Period: If you were an annuitant entitled to Medicare Part A (typically at age 65) as of Jan. 1, 2024, and did not enroll in Medicare Part B, you and your covered eligible family members may be able to participate in a one-time PSHB Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Medicare Part B from April 1 through Sept. 30, 2024. Those who choose to enroll during the SEP will have the late enrollment penalty paid for by the Postal Service. Eligibility letters were sent to annuitants and eligible family members in March 2024. If you have misplaced the notification letter mailed to you or believe that you are eligible to participate in the PSHB SEP and did not receive a notification letter, call the PSHB Navigator toll-free help line at 833-712-PSHB (7742) or email retirementbenefits@usps.gov.

PSHB Lunch and Learn Seminars: The USPS Benefits and Wellness team will hold lunch and learn seminars about the PSHB Program every other Thursday through early December. The seminars will take place at noon Eastern via Zoom, using passcode 314858 (Webinar ID: 161 422 7062), and at 4 p.m. Eastern via Zoom using passcode 366159 (Webinar ID: 160 320 9569).

Monthly Consumers’ Checkbook Seminars: Consumers’ Checkbook will host monthly seminars on Medicare. Employees and annuitants can learn more about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D and how to use Checkbook to compare plans and benefits. The seminars will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern via Zoom using passcode 092581.

PSHB watch parties: Lights, camera, action! The USPS Benefits and Wellness team will hold monthly watch parties for annuitants to learn more about the new PSHB Program that will begin next year. The watch parties will begin in April and continue through early November. Each watch party will take place at noon Eastern via Zoom, using passcode 450914. Refer to the KeepingPosted Lunch & Learn Seminars webpage for specific dates and more information.

Enhanced features now available through Consumers’ Checkbook: USPS has launched a Medicare Part B Comparison Tool through Consumers’ Checkbook. Using this tool, annuitants will be able to learn more about what Medicare Part B is, what it covers, how much Part B will cost monthly, and how your current health plan works with Part B. Refer to the Consumers’ Checkbook Medicare Part B Comparison Tool to learn more.

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Text the keyword below to 39369 for updates you’d like to receive:

• PSHBP – For updates on the PSHB Program

• BENEFITS – For updates on benefits information

• RETIREE – For annuitant-related information

• SEMINAR – For updates on new benefits seminars

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