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OPM tweaks its final rule for the postal health benefits plan

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The Office of Personnel Management issued its final rule establishing the health benefits program for U.S. Postal Service employees, annuitants and beneficiaries, offering small clarifications ahead of an anticipated Jan. 1 rollout.

The Postal Service Health Benefits program, established by the 2022 Postal Service Reform Act, will provide an estimated 1.9 million USPS employees, retirees and dependents with their own health insurance exchange in 2025 and officially move them off of the larger Federal Employees Health Benefit Program.

The final rule, published in the Federal Register on Monday, clarifies portions of the regulation concerning enrollment in Medicare Part B, which newly eligible retirees will be required to accept as their primary coverage from the plan.

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