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Marty  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:25:56 AM(UTC)
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I understand that an annuitant who drops FEHB coverage anytime in retirement cannot re-enroll in FEHB. The annuitant can change plans during any open season, but must be continuously enrolled from year-to-year in order to keep it (not including the exception of suspending coverage to enroll into a Medicare Advantage Plan).

If I select a survivor benefit for my spouse and retire with FEHB, does my non-federal spouse also have to be continuously enrolled? For example, could I just be enrolled in a single plan and wait a number of years before adding my spouse?

Assuming I predecease my spouse, would my spouse need to be enrolled before I died, or would it be permissible for my spouse to join FEHB anytime after my retirement? Would the surviving spouse then need to be continuously enrolled?
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:37:35 AM(UTC)
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Your non-Federal spouse would not have to be continuously enrolled in the FEHB in order for your spouse to keep FEHB coverage in the event you pre-decease your spouse. However, your spouse would have to be enrolled in the FEHB (as part of self plus one or self and family coverage) at the time of your death in order for your spouse to keep FEHB coverage for the rest of his or her life. This is the case even when you are giving a survivor annuity.
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