Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Tricare and FEHB benefits

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Q. I retired from the Army in 2011 and have been working as a contractor since then. I have just accepted a GS position. I have Tricare (retired) now. Does my new position have the option of Tricare or is that just a military thing? If not, then should I ditch the Tricare for the FEHB? Any advantages/disadvantages either way?

A. No, a federal civilian employee doesn’t have the option of Tricare, However, you are free to continue that coverage on your own. Whether you switch from TriCare to FEHB coverage is up to you. Note: If you want to keep Tricare coverage but want to have the FEHB program as an option when you retire, you would only need to be enroll in it during the Open Season that precedes your retirement.

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