POSSIBLE HEALTHCARE COVERAGE SHIFT FOR SOME FEDS DUE TO OPM PROPOSAL - August 31, 2016
OPM Proposal Could Change Health Care Coverage For Some Employees
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
A new proposed rule would allow agencies to require some employees to keep paying their health insurance premiums when they are on leave without pay.
The change under consideration would give agencies the option of requiring certain LWOP employees to pay-as-they-go to maintain their coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; if necessary, agencies could advance a portion of employees’ basic pay to cover their FEHB contribution for the LWOP period. Employees would have to reimburse the agency for the advance pay upon returning to work.