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Interested in changing your benefits? The below resources will offer you more information on how to make a change, who is eligible, and the different plans available. If you still have questions, please call your Benefits Contact at 301-496-2404.

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Benefits Changes Allowed Due to Marriage or Birth of a Child

Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program - If you already have a self and family enrollment under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and you wish to continue with the same health plan, you should contact your health plan directly to have the name of your new family member added. If you do not have a self and family enrollment or you want to switch plans, complete a Health Benefits Election Form, SF-2809. Your completed SF-2809 must be received in the Benefits & Payroll Liaison Branch (BPLB) within 31 days prior to the date of the change in family status or within 60 days afterwards. If you are adding a spouse and want the coverage effective on the date of the marriage, you must submit your SF-2809 the pay period prior to the anticipated date of the marriage.  If you are adding a child, the effective date of your coverage is the first day of the pay period in which the child becomes a family member. As supporting documentation, you must provide a copy of your marriage certificate or your child’s birth certificate as appropriate.  Please note that the certificates may follow the submission of the SF-2809.  For additional information, speak with your Benefits Contact.

Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program - You may enroll or increase your coverage in the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program by completing a Life Insurance Election form, SF-2817 .  Your completed SF-2817 must be received in the BPLB within 60 calendar days after the change in family status. You must also provide a copy of your marriage certificate or your child’s birth certificate. For additional information, speak with your Benefits Contact.

Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) - If you already have supplemental dental and/or vision coverage and want to add your spouse or child, contact BENEFEDS at 1-877-888-3337 within 31 days before or 60 days after the date of the change in family status.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAFEDS) Program - To enroll or increase the amount of your Flexible Spending Account, contact WageWorks at 1-877-372-3337 within 31 days before or 60 days after the date of the change in family status.

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) - To apply for Long Term Care Insurance at any time, contact the LTC Partners at 1-800-582-3337.

Beneficiary Forms - You may complete designation of beneficiary forms at any time.  If you have already filed designation forms, make sure they are up to date. You may view some of your forms on-line by accessing your electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF).  Designation of beneficiary forms may be completed for unpaid compensation, life insurance, retirement (CSRS or FERS), and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP-3). You must have your beneficiary forms signed by witnesses prior to submitting them.  Please note that a witness is not eligible to receive payment as a beneficiary.  The unpaid compensation, life insurance, and the FERS forms should be forward to the Benefits & Payroll Liaison Branch.  The CSRS and TSP forms should be mailed directly to the address indicated on each form.  If you are satisfied with the Order of Precedence as set by law, you do not need to file designations.

The Benefits & Payroll Liaison Branch is located at 31 Center Drive, Bldg 31, Rm B3C23, MSC 2215, Bethesda, MD 20892-2215.  (Note:  NIEHS employees located in North Carolina should submit their forms to Brenda Morissette, MSC K1-01, Keystone Building/Rm 1105, 530 Davis Drive.) 

Questions may be directed to your Benefits Contact

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