FERS Retiree and Survivor Annuity + FEHB

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What is the minimum that FERS retirees can leave to survivors in order for them to be covered by FEHB upon the death of the retiree?

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Asked on May 17, 2017 10:37 pm
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There are only two options available to permit your spouse to continue FEHB should you pass away first. A full survivor benefit which is equal to half of your FERS or a partial survivor benefit which is equal to 25% of your FERS. The costs are 10% or 5% and the cost is calculated at retirement and becomes a fixed amount although both your pension and your spouse’s entitlement go up by any COLAs applicable. In addition to electing a survivor benefit, your spouse must also be on your FEHB plan on the date of death in order to continue coverage.

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