Labor Relations

Health Benefits Open Season

The 2012 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is scheduled for November 12 through December 11, 2012, 5 p.m. Central Time (CT). Many open season changes may be made via self-service on
PostalEASE. During this open season, eligible employees may make any one, or a combination of, the following changes:

n Enroll if not enrolled.

n Change from one plan to another plan.

n Change from one option to another option.

n Change from Self Only to Self and Family.

n Change from Self and Family to Self Only.

n Cancel enrollment.

n Change from pre-tax to post-tax payment of health insurance premiums, or vice versa.

Enrollment changes and new enrollments made during the 2012 Open Season will be effective January 12, 2013 (Pay Period 3-13).

Distribution of Open Season Materials


The 2013 Guide to Benefits for (1) Non-APWU, Non-NRLCA Career employees (RI 70-2); (2) APWU and NRLCA Career employees (RI 70-2A); (3) Postal Career Executive Service employees (RI 70-2EX); (4) Postal Inspection Ser­vice and Office of Inspector General (OIG) employees (RI 70-2IN); (5) Information Technology/Accounting Services Career employees; and (6) Certain temporary (noncareer) employees (RI 70-8PS) will be mailed from the national level to each employee’s address of record. Each 2013 Guide to Benefits includes:

n An overview of FEHB Program eligibility require­ments and election choices during open season.

n Overviews of the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), Flexible Spend­ing Accounts Program (FSA), Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI), and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP).

n A comparison of biweekly premium costs of partici­pating plans.

n An explanation of the pre-tax payment feature, including a current listing of qualifying life events.

n FEHB member survey results provided by the individ­ual health plans.

n Information about plans that are committed to the use of health information technology and healthcare quality and price/cost information.

n PostalEASE FEHB Worksheet and PostalEASE Health Savings Account (HSA) Worksheet for employees enrolled in High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) who wish to make pre-tax payroll contribu­tions to their HSAs.

Employees will also receive the 2013 Guide to Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program for USPS Emplyees (FEDVIP BK-1).


To assist in publicizing this FEHB Open Season, all installations are asked to post on bulletin boards the open season notice provided on page 68 of this Postal Bulletin and leave it posted through December 11, 2012.

The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) open season notice provided on page 72 of this Postal Bulletin should be posted on bulletin boards through December 11, 2012.

The Material Distribution Center (MDC) will make an automatic distribution of most fee-for-service brochures to all customer service district offices, processing and distri­bution centers, airport mail centers, and bulk mail centers, the Office of Inspector General, selected Postal Inspection Service divisions, and selected Headquarters field units.

The Rural Carrier Benefit Plan brochure will be distrib­uted automatically only to district and area Human Resources offices. Additional copies may also be requisi­tioned from the MDC.

The following items may be requisitioned from the MDC:

n RI 70-2, 2013 Guide to Benefits for Non-APWU, Non-NRLCA Career USPS Employees — PSN 7690-03-000-3774.

n RI 70-2A, 2013 Guide to Benefits for APWU and NRLCA Career USPS Employees — PSN 7690-15-000-0575.

n RI 70-2EX, 2013 Guide to Benefits for Postal Career Executive Service Employees — PSN 7690-15-000-0576.

n RI 70-2IN, 2013 Guide to Benefits for USPS Inspec­tors and Office of Inspector General Employees — PSN 7690-09-000-9077.

n RI 70-2IT, 2013 Guide to Benefits for USPS Informa­tion Technology/Accounting Services Career USPS Employees — PSN 7690-16-000-8959

n RI 70-5, 2013 Guide to Federal Benefits for Tempo­rary Continuation of Coverage and Former Spouse Enrollees — PSN 7690-03-000-3772.

n RI 70-8 PS, 2013 Guide to Benefits for Certain Tem­porary (Non-career) USPS Employees — PSN 7690-03-000-3754.

n FEDVIP BK-1, 2013 Guide to Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program for USPS Employees (including law enforcement) — PSN 7610-09-000-9112.

Order these items directly from plan sponsors:

n Brochures for health maintenance organizations (HMOs), point-of-service (POS) plans, and high deductible and consumer-driven health plans.

These two forms are available on the Postal Service™ PolicyNet website:

n PS Form 8201, Pre-Tax Health Insurance Premium Waiver/Restoration Form for Career Employees.

n PS Form 8202, Pre-Tax Health Insurance Premium Election/Waiver Form for Noncareer Employees.

To find these forms, go to; under “Essential Links,” click Forms, or contact the Human Resources Shared Service Center at 877-477-3273, option 5; TTY 866-260-7507.

Additional Information

Publication 12, Health Benefits Open Season Adminis­trative and Processing Information (November 2012), addresses FEHB Open Season administrative issues. The publication contains the following information:

n Open season materials, including details of when and how to requisition a residual supply of materials.

n Eligibility requirements for coverage.

n A list of FEHB health plan withdrawals and other sig­nificant plan changes.

n Comprehensive medical plan (HMO) contact infor­mation.

n Personnel processing information.

n Open Season publicity materials.

Publication 12 will be available on the Postal Service PolicyNet website:

n Go to

n Under “Essential Links” in the left-hand column, click PolicyNet.

n On the PolicyNet page, click PUBs.