Postal Reform Measure Could Affect All Federal Retirees’ Health Benefits

The new law keeps all postal workers in FEHB, in their own group. All workers will be able to keep their current plans and avail themselves of the annual open season to choose other options within FEHB.

Future postal retirees will be required to enroll in Medicare A and B at 65. Retiree health coverage will then become a combination of Medicare and FEHB.

The question now is whether that requirement will eventually be extended to all federal employees, and what effect that would have on the premiums retirees pay. If that happens, at least federal employees will face one less tough decision at the time of retirement.


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