Federal Employee Health Benefits in Northern Virginia
Loudoun County Health Insurance Divorce Attorneys
The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program is arguably the most generous of any benefits plan in the United States. Spouses of federal employees who enjoy these same benefits stand to lose them should the marriage end in divorce. Many spouses of federal employees are not aware that they may be eligible to continue receiving coverage.
There are strict requirements that must be met and obtaining benefits can be quite complex. Be sure that you seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney who is familiar with the program and can help you effectively navigate this sometimes daunting process.
The Northern Virginia divorce attorneys at HALE BALL MURPHY, PLC focus their entire practice on helping northern Virginia clients resolve challenging family law issues, including those involving federal employee health benefits. We will take the time to help you understand your rights and explain your options.
What You Need to Know About Retaining Your FEHB Coverage
You will need to apply for your own coverage within 60 days after your coverage under your former spouse’s plan lapses. By doing so, you will be guaranteed coverage without proof of insurability. You will also be required to pay both the employer and the employee portions of the premium. In order to be approved for coverage, you will need to meet specific criteria, including the following:
- You were divorced from a federal employee while he or she was employed with the government
- You were covered as the employee’s family member under the FEHB Program during the last 18 months
- You are eligible to receive a portion of the employee’s annuity
- You did not remarry prior to age 55
If you have a question, we encourage you to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our Northern Virginia lawyers. To make an appointment call us at the above telephone number 1-703-591-4900 or use the contact form below.
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