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Fedgrrl  
#1 Posted : Friday, November 22, 2019 10:00:56 AM(UTC)

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I'm retiring from civil service and am also a retired Marine who's 65. I've signed up for Medicare Part A and will sign up for Part B in this open season so I'm eligible for Tricare for Life. Is there any difference in the FED VIP (Dental & Vision) plans offered to retired feds and the ones offered to retired military?
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Retired Uniformed Service members can no longer obtain group dental insurance through the Uniformed Services. They can obtain group dental insurance through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and enroll during an "open season", which is currently being conducted through Dec. 9, 2019. For more information go to www.benefeds.com. Uniformed service retirees who are enrolled in a TriCare health insurance plan can also enroll in a vision insurance plan offered through the FEDVIP.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, November 30, 2019 6:35:40 PM(UTC)
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I am an annuitant who recently was approved for disability retirement mid OCT. I have not gotten a first interim payment yet, Hoping Monday Dec 1st fingers crossed. I set up a Benefeds account online the other day. Can I enroll in Fedvip during open season even tho I haven’t started interim payments yet? I’m afraid of losing that opportunity. I only had FEHB prior to retirement, not Fedvip. Thank you for any advice.
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#4 Posted : Monday, December 2, 2019 7:02:16 AM(UTC)
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Yes, if you were approved for disability retirement retirement in October 2019 then you can enroll in dental and/or vision insurance during the current "open season" (enroll at www.benefeds.com through Dec. 9, 2019) with coverage becoming effective on Jan. 1, 2020. You should expect your first FERS disability annuity check on Dec. 1, 2019.
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Thank you Mr Z. Sadly no direct deposit of a first interim pay today. Called OPM. Said it was assigned for finalization with someone, but no name or extension. Hopefully a password for online use shows up soon, and a first interim pay. It’s been 28 months since last paid. Long battle.
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Sorry to hear you did not receive first FERS disability annuity check today. Hopefully you will receive it next month. Good luck to you.
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