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The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program provides health insurance to federal employees, retirees, and their dependents. This report provides a general overview of FEHB. It describes the structure of FEHB, including eligibility for the program and coverage options available to enrollees, as well as premiums, benefits and cost sharing, and general financing of FEHB. The report also describes the role of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in administering the program.


Suggested Citation
Blom, K. B., & Cornell, A. S. (2015). Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: An overview. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.

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