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OPM: Health Benefits Program’s ‘Self-Plus-One’ Option Adopters to Save 6% on Premiums

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medical health doctorThe Office of Personnel Management has announced plans to implement self-plus-one as an additional enrollment option to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Eric Yoder writes the self plus one enrollment type aims to offer health coverage to a single enrollee and one eligible family member.

Current family planholders can achieve savings of 6 percent on premiums once they adopt the self-plus-one option, according to OPM.

OPM also warned that the introduction of the new option will result in a 7 percent average increase in FEHBP’s family coverage premiums in 2016, according to the report.

The agency said projections on possible changes to premiums under the self only and family options and self-plus-one type were crafted for the Congressional Budget Justification in 2013.

“They are used in the final rule for the purpose of modeling the potential effects of the new Self Plus One enrollment type,” OPM said in an email.

“We will have more information on the differentials between enrollment categories when the 2016 rates are released.”

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