Program Description

The Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004 provided the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) the opportunity to establish arrangements under which dental and vision benefits are made available to Federal employees, retirees, and their dependents.

This Program allows dental insurance and vision insurance to be purchased on a group basis which means competitive premiums and no pre-existing condition limitations for enrollment. Premiums for enrolled Federal and Postal employees are withheld from salary on a pre-tax basis. Enrollment takes place during the annual Federal Benefits Open Season in November and December. New and newly eligible employees can enroll within the 60 days after they become eligible. Eligible employees and annuitants can choose among six nationwide and four regional dental plans, and from four nationwide vision plans. Nationwide plans also offer international coverage.

General Program Requirements

Dental and Vision benefits are available to eligible Federal and Postal employees, retirees, and their eligible family members on an enrollee-pay-all basis.

Annuitants are eligible to enroll if you:

  • Retired on an immediate annuity under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or another retirement system for employees of the Federal Government;
  • Retired for disability under CSRS, FERS, or another retirement system for employees of the Federal Government.

Employees must be eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) or the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange) in a position that is not excluded by law or regulation in order to be eligible to enroll in FEDVIP. It does not matter if employees are actually enrolled in FEHB or an Exchange - eligibility is the key. Annuitants do not have to be eligible or enrolled in the FEHB Program or an Exchange in order to enroll in FEDVP.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

You must use BENEFEDS to enroll or change enrollment in a FEDVIP plan. BENEFEDS is a secure enrollment website sponsored by OPM. If you do not have access to a computer, call 1-877-888-FEDS (1-877-888-3337), TTY number 1-877-889-5680 to enroll or change your enrollment.

If you are currently enrolled in FEDVIP and do not want to change plans or options, your enrollment will continue automatically. Opportunities to cancel FEDVIP coverage are extremely limited. If you want to cancel your FEDVIP coverage, you must do so during the annual Federal Benefits Open Season. Please note: your plans' premiums may change each plan year.

Program Contact Information

For additional assistance, please contact BENEFEDS for enrollment information.

If you need assistance in picking the FEDVIP dental or vision plan that will work best for you, visit the Dental and Vision Plan Information page.

You can also visit the BENEFEDS Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.

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