The open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program is being extended through the end of January due to a dustup over billing for out-of-network surgeries. Previously, participants would have had to make their choice by the end of today.
But what about people who made a choice before learning of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s controversial billing system, and now want to change their plan? Are they out of luck?
Don’t worry, said Michael Orenstein of the Office of Personnel Management. Even if you’ve already chosen a plan, you can change your mind as many times as you want until January ends. So take your time, weigh your options, and make the choice that best suits you.
Update: Enrollees also may still change their dental and vision plansÂ and make changes to their flexible spending accounts.
And House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., issued a statement on Dec. 9 thanking OPM for being flexible:
Choosing a health insurance provider is a very important decision. OPM made the right judgement call in allowing a belated enrollment option so that employees can be confident in their choice of coverage. While employees should not expect major changes to health plans, they should take this opportunity to review their insurance options and look closely at the terms and costs.