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Annual benefits enrollment period begins

During the coronavirus pandemic, it’s especially vital for USPS workers and others to have access to high-quality health care.

Open season, the once-a-year opportunity for Postal Service employees to make changes to their health coverage or choose a new plan, is Nov. 9-Dec. 14 this year.

Here’s what you should know:

You should review your coverage. The Postal Service wants you to evaluate your options to ensure you have the coverage you need without paying for services you don’t. During the coronavirus pandemic, it’s especially vital that you have access to health care for you and your family.

Making changes can save you money. Balance your benefits so you save money and maintain the health benefits you require. Most employees overspend on benefits because they don’t take time to compare and contrast plans.

Several options are available. You can choose from a variety of health, vision and dental coverage options through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), USPS Health Benefits Plan (USPSHBP) for non-career employees, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

You can explore your options online. Go to the Open Season LiteBlue page to review your health plan and find out what’s available. You can compare multiple plans side by side through Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, an online tool available on LiteBlue.

You can make changes online, too. To enroll or change coverage in FEHB, USPSHBP or FSAs, go to PostalEASE or call 877-477-3273 (select Option 1). Use the BENEFEDS site to enroll or make changes to your FEDVIP coverage and the FSAFEDS site to enroll in FSAs.

There’s another way to receive information. USPS is continuing a service that allows you to receive open season information and reminders though text messages to your mobile devices. Sign up by texting BENEFITS to 21333.

Help is available. For assistance, call the HR Shared Service Center at 877-477-3273 (select Option 5). The Federal Relay Service number is 800-877-8339.

The Postal Service will provide additional information and reminders throughout open season.

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