With 3 government stints – including Peace Corps – how to I ensure FEHB in retirement?


Following is my government employment history:
1. 21 months in Peace Corps in 80s. Healthcare from Peace Corps.
2. 28 months as VA nurse ending in 2015. Enrolled in FEHB.
3. 14 months as VA nurse 2019 to present. Am enrolled in FEHB.
Am 62 in February, paid OPM for missing service contribution for Peace Corps.
How do I ensure VA entitles me to retirement FEHB? I meet eligibility rules as far as I know.

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To continue your health benefits enrollment into retirement, you must: (1) have retired on an immediate annuity (that is, an annuity which begins to accrue no later than one month after the date of your final separation); and (2) have been continuously enrolled (or covered as a family member) in any FEHB Program plan (not necessarily the same plan) for the five years of service immediately preceding retirement, or if less than five years, for all service since your first opportunity to enroll. Your Peace Corps time counts for retirement eligibility and computation with the deposit satisfied but you were not eligible for FEHB, so as long as you have had FEHB the entire rest of your career you qualify to take it into retirement.

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