OPM Finalizes Rule Ensuring Feds Can Change Insurance During Shutdowns - April 2, 2021
During the 35-day government shutdown, some workers were unable to make changes to their health benefits because the employees responsible for processing those changes were furloughed.
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The Office of Personnel Management moved Thursday to finalize new regulations that will ensure federal workers can make changes to their insurance enrollment following major life events in the midst of a government shutdown.
During the 35-day partial government shutdown in 2018 and 2019, some federal employees found they were unable to change their health care enrollment through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program to reflect such life events as getting married or the birth of a child, because the employees responsible for processing those changes were furloughed.