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warbucks  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:25:59 AM(UTC)
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If ex-spouse elects 100% survivor benefit, (as is available per QDRO) what option is available for me to provide survivor benefit for current spouse? Insurable interest??? What form?
FedSense  
#2 Posted : Monday, September 9, 2019 12:19:55 PM(UTC)
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Hi, Ed,

I'm in my 60s, have been a federal employee for more than a decade, and plan to retire as soon as I am eligible to keep my FEHB in retirement. My eOPF shows that the creation date for my FEHB enrollment was 12/14/2016 (following open enrollment season) and the effective date was 1/08/2017. I'm confused about which of these dates marks the beginning of the required 5-year FEHB period. What would be my earliest date of retirement with federal health benefits?

Ed Zurndorfer  
#3 Posted : Monday, September 9, 2019 7:41:53 PM(UTC)
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Since your FEHB enrollment became effective on Jan. 8, 2017, your five continuous year FEHB program requirement enrollment became effective that date. Therefore, the earliest you could retire and keep your FEHB enrollment for retirement would be Jan. 8, 2022.
FedSense  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, September 10, 2019 3:40:02 AM(UTC)
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Thank you for your quick reply!
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:53:27 AM(UTC)
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