[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 19 (Friday, January 28, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5222-5223]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-1852]


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT


Notice of Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Open Season

AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Notice of Federal Long Term Care Insurance Open Season.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is announcing an Open 
Season for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP). All 
eligible individuals who are not currently enrolled in FLTCIP may apply 
for coverage, including employees, annuitants, and other members of the 
Federal family. Active workforce members, their spouses, and same-sex 
domestic partners of civilian active workforce members will be subject 
to abbreviated underwriting. The addition of same-sex domestic partners 
of civilian active workforce members as a new type of qualified 
relative eligible to apply for FLTCIP coverage is pursuant to the 
President's Memorandum of June 17, 2009 on Federal Benefits and Non-
Discrimination which requested that OPM, in consultation with the 
Department of Justice, extend certain benefits that can be provided to 
same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees consistent with Federal 
law. All other qualified relatives will be subject to the Program's 
standard requirements for full underwriting of applications.

DATES: The Open Season will run from April 4 through May 27, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, please call 
1-800-LTC-FEDS (1-800-582-3337) (TTY: 1-800-843-3557) or visit http://www.ltcfeds.com.

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    For purposes of this Federal Register notice, the contact at OPM is 
John Cutler, at john.cutler@opm.gov or (202) 606-0004.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Long-Term Care Security Act (Pub. L. 
106-265) permits OPM to provide for periodic opportunities for eligible 
individuals to apply for coverage in the FLTCIP. OPM has issued 
regulations (5 CFR Part 875, sections 402-404) which set forth 
procedures for FLTCIP open seasons. This notice is issued under section 
875.402(b). Under that provision, OPM will specify beginning and ending 
dates, as well as the requirements for applicants during this period, 
in Federal Register Notices. OPM may provide for abbreviated 
underwriting requirements for specified eligible groups when OPM 
determines it is in the best interest of the FLTCIP.
    Eligible Individuals: Active civilian workforce members and their 
spouses or same-sex domestic partners who are not currently enrolled in 
FLTCIP are eligible to apply during this Open Season with abbreviated 
underwriting. Active civilian workforce members include Federal 
civilian or U.S. Postal Service employees whose current position 
conveys eligibility for Federal Employees Health Benefits coverage, 
subject to the exceptions contained in section 875.201. Members of the 
uniformed services--those who are on active duty or full-time National 
Guard duty for more than a 30-day period or are active members of the 
selected reserve--and their spouses who are not currently enrolled in 
FLTCIP are eligible to apply during this Open Season with abbreviated 
underwriting. Non-enrolled annuitants as described in sections 875.202 
and 875.203, retired members of the uniformed services as described in 
section 875.205, and qualified relatives other than spouses of active 
workforce members and same-sex domestic partners of active civilian 
workforce members can apply for coverage with a full underwriting 
application.
    Underwriting requirements: Eligible applicants who are active 
workforce members, their spouses and same-sex domestic partners of 
active civilian workforce members, who are not currently enrolled in 
FLTCIP, are able to apply during the Open Season subject to the 
abbreviated underwriting standards in effect for the FLTCIP as of April 
4, 2011. Eligible applicants other than active workforce members, their 
spouses, and same-sex domestic partners of active civilian workforce 
members, are subject to the full underwriting standards in effect for 
the FLTCIP as of April 4, 2011.
    Billing age: Premiums are based on the enrollee's age upon receipt 
of his or her application by the program administrator, Long Term Care 
Partners, and the options selected.
    Effective date: The effective date of coverage will be the first 
day of the month after an application is approved. However, in 
accordance with Sec.  875.404(b)(2), workforce members who apply for 
coverage under abbreviated underwriting must be actively at work in 
order for coverage to become effective.

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 9008; 5 CFR 875.402.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
John Berry,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2011-1852 Filed 1-27-11; 8:45 am]
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