I'm actually glad they don't just stop a fed retiree's FEHB without some formal paperwork, demonstrating that the retiree definitely wants to cancel or suspend their coverage, rather than just go on a verbal request or something less positive than a signed & dated form. The issue is that if an employee/retiree cancels their FEHB, they can never get it back if they need to. Never. However, if the retiree/employee chooses to "suspend" their coverage due to having either TriCare or some other plan that "qualifies", they can re-instate FEHB in the future. Having a private health insurance plan does not meet the definition of qualifies. I'd think very hard about completely canceling, but if you happen to have TriCare, then suspending isn't a bad option. That's what I plan to do. I might be wrong, but I'd be surprised if you get a refund in this case. They will probably say that you've been covered and had access to the insurance during the period you paid premiums for. Or......I could be wrong. Nothing surprises me (much) these days.
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