If you are in a position that conveys eligibility for Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB), you are eligible to enroll in a dental and/or vision plan with FEDVIP. It does not matter whether you are actually enrolled in FEHB—eligibility is the key. FEDVIP is not the same as FEHB. It is a separate and different program. Participation in FEDVIP is voluntary and you must elect to be covered.
If you are on a temporary not-to-exceed appointment, you are eligible to enroll in FEDVIP after you have completed 1 year of continuous employment.
RI 70-1, Guide to Federal Benefits for Federal Civilian Employees gives an overview of FEDVIP. Before you select a dental or vision plan, you should review the individual brochures that explain the plans you are considering. Dental premiums/plan information and vision premiums/plan information are available on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website.
Once you enroll in a dental and/or vision plan, your enrollment automatically continues each year, as long as you remain eligible for the program. You do not have to reenroll each year. However, if you would like to make a change in your enrollment, you may do so during the Benefits Open Season or in conjunction with a qualifying life event.