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Open Season - 2021

  • Change your enrollment in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program,
  • Change your enrollment in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), and
  • Enroll in the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAFEDS) for health care and/or dependent care for 2022.

Are you eligible for employee benefits?

What’s new this year?

HEALTH BENEFITS: Some health plans have dropped out of the FEHB program for 2022. If the plan you are currently enrolled in will not be participating next year, you must enroll in a different plan or you will be enrolled automatically in the GEHA Indemnity Benefit Plan – Elevate Option, the lowest-cost nationwide plan option for 2022 as determined by OPM.

Be sure to review this list as well as the 2022 premiums before you make your election to be sure that you fully understand the cost and coverage of your plan via OPM Open Season website.

FEDVIP Dental & Vision Benefits: Employees have 23 Dental and 10 Vision plan options to choose from. Be sure to review this list as well as the 2022 premiums before you make your election to be sure that you fully understand the cost and coverage of your plan via Benefeds Open Season website.

Virtual Benefits Fair

Register to attend the 2021 Virtual Benefits Fair

The Virtual Benefits Fair is available any time during open season. Upon registering through the link above, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access the fair. Additionally, representatives from all participating carriers will be available to take your questions during four live chat days:

Friday, November 12, 2021
10 a.m.–5 p.m. (ET)

Friday, November 19, 2021
10 a.m.–5 p.m. (ET)

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
10 a.m.–5 p.m. (ET)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
10 a.m.–5 p.m. (ET)

2021 APHIS Open Season Webinar

On November 17th, 2021, APHIS HRO conducted a webinar explaining how to enroll, change or cancel your health care enrollment during open season. The webinar also discussed changes to the FEDVIP, FSAFEDS and TSP plans for the upcoming year. You can view the associated recording and slides below.

Open Season Webinar Recording

Open Season Webinar Slide Deck

How Do I Make Changes?

It is strongly recommended that you use your eAuthentication ID and password to access the NFC Employee Personal Page to make your FEHB enrollment changes. This is the most efficient way to make changes during Open Season.

Federal Employees Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAFEDS), choose your plan and process enrollment. If you were enrolled in 2021 and want to be enrolled in 2022, you MUST process your new enrollment through the FSAFEDS web site during open season.

Questions?

The Human Resources Office has an Open Season phone line available for questions. Please call 612-336-3248 for assistance or email APHIS.Open.Season@usda.gov.

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