|Certain individuals who are not Federal employees are eligible to participate in the FEHB Program under Public Law (P.L.) as described below.
- P.L. 98-615 (5 USC 8905a), Civil Service Retirement Spouse Equity Act of 1984, provides for the enrollment of certain former spouses of current, retired, or separated Federal employees in FEHB.
- Title II of P.L. 100-654 (5 USC 8905a), Federal Employees Health Benefits Amendments Act of 1988, provides for temporary continuation of coverage under FEHB for (1) certain individuals who separate from Federal service, (2) children (of Federal employees, annuitants, or separated employees already enrolled in FEHB) who lose their status as family members, and (3) certain former spouses of current or separated Federal employees or annuitants who would otherwise not be eligible for continued FEHB coverage.
- P.L. 101-303 (5 USC 8906I), Direct Pay Annuitant/Survivors, provides for annuitants/survivors to pay health benefit premiums directly to NFC when the annuity is insufficient to pay the withholdings for the plan that the annuitant/survivor is enrolled. P.L. 102-484, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993, amends the temporary continuation of coverage under FEHB for certain civilian employees of the Department of Defense separated under a reduction-in-force.
- P.L. 104-106, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996, amends the temporary continuation of coverage under FEHB to cover employees who voluntarily separate from surplus positions.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recommends the USDA, National Finance Center (NFC), as the central office for collecting and processing premiums from non-Federal FEHB enrollees.