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News | Sept. 12, 2022

Q&A: What You Need to Know for Federal Benefits Open Season

By TRICARE Communications

The Federal Benefits Open Season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 12, 2022. This open season is for dental and vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). FEDVIP is offered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and is separate from TRICARE and TRICARE Open Season activities.
 
Review the Q&A below to see if you’re eligible for FEDVIP and more.
 
Q: Who is eligible for FEDVIP?
A: Eligible persons for FEDVIP includes certain retired service members, active duty family members, and survivors. However, FEDVIP dental and vision coverage are separate. You may not qualify for both.
 
Q: Who is eligible for dental coverage?
A: Those who may qualify for dental coverage include: 
  • Retired service members and their eligible family members
  • Retired National Guard and Reserve members and their eligible family members
  • TRICARE For Life beneficiaries
 
Q: Who is eligible for vision coverage?
A: To be eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage, you must be enrolled in a TRICARE health plan. Those who may qualify for vision coverage include:
  • Active duty family members
  • National Guard and Reserve members and their eligible family members
  • Retired service members and their eligible family members
  • TRICARE For Life beneficiaries
 
Q: How do I enroll in FEDVIP?
A: If you aren’t newly eligible for FEDVIP or you haven’t experienced a Qualifying Life Event (QLE), the next chance for you to enroll in FEDVIP dental and/or vision coverage is during this year’s annual open season. Your coverage will be effective Jan. 1, 2023.
 
If you currently have FEDVIP coverage and don’t want to make a change, you don’t have to do anything. Your existing plan will continue next year as long as you remain eligible.
 
Don’t miss your chance to enroll in or change your FEDVIP plan for next year. Visit the BENEFEDS website to check your eligibility and access tools to help you research the right plans for you and your family.

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