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OPM RIN: 3206-AO47 Publication ID: Spring 2024 
Title: Federal Employee Health Benefits Program: Modification of Effective Date of Coverage for Employees with an Initial Opportunity to Enroll  

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) plans to finalize its Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) enrollment regulations regarding the effective date of coverage. This rule is also applicable to the Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program within the FEHB Program. The amendments will allow FEHB and PSHB coverage to become effective at the beginning of the pay period that the employee in pay status has an initial opportunity to enroll, provided an appropriate request is submitted within the pay period that the employee becomes eligible. The regulatory changes would promote the Federal government as a model employer.  OPM held stakeholder meetings with agencies and non-governmental entities including Tribal Benefits Officers and FEHB Carriers to solicit feedback on the implications and operational aspects of the changes in the rule.

Agency: Office of Personnel Management(OPM)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 5 CFR 890   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. ch. 89   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/01/2024  89 FR 6436   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/01/2024 
Final Action  11/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Meredith Gitangu
Healthcare and Insurance
Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street NW,
Washington, DC 20415
Phone:202 606-2678