You have the following opportunities to make changes to your FEGLI coverage:
- During an open season
- In conjunction with a qualifying life event
- By providing medical documentation
- If designated as emergency essential.
Open season is not held annually, as is the case with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS), and the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). It is held only when specifically scheduled by the Office of Personnel Management.
If you experience a qualifying life event you can elect Basic, plus any or all Optional insurance – Option A, Option B (up to the maximum of 5 multiples), and Option C (up to the maximum of 5 multiples). FEGLI qualifying life events include marriage, divorce, death of a spouse and birth or adoption of children.
If it has been at least one year since you cancelled or waived Basic insurance, Option A – Standard or Option B – Additional you can elect this coverage by providing satisfactory medical information (at your own expense) to prove insurability. You cannot elect Option C or increase your Option C multiples by providing medical information.
If you are a civilian employee with the Department of Defense designated as “emergency essential” under section 1580 of Title 10, you may elect Basic Option A and Option B (up to the maximum of 5 multiples). The election must be made within 60 days of the date of the notification of the designation as an emergency essential employee.