Enrolling outside of open season

To enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) outside of open season, you must fall into one of three categories. Select an option below to see if it applies to you.

If you missed open season you may still be able to enroll in FEDVIP for the 2020 plan year with an effective date of January 1 by submitting a Belated Enrollment/Change Form. Below are the valid reasons for which approval of this request will be considered:

  • You had no access to a telephone or the Internet for the entire duration of the Federal Benefits Open Season.
  • You had a significant medical emergency for yourself or an immediate family member and you were unable to perform your requested action for a significant portion of the Federal Benefits Open Season.
  • A member of your immediate family passed away and you were unable to perform your requested action during the Federal Benefits Open Season.

The time limit for a belated enrollment or change may be extended for up to three months after the end of open season only if the employee provides evidence to BENEFEDS that he or she was unable to enroll or change enrollment timely due to circumstances beyond his or her control. Please download the Belated Enrollment/Change Form and follow the instructions. If your request for belated enrollment is approved by BENEFEDS, you will have 30 days from the date on your approval letter to contact BENEFEDS to execute your enrollment or change request.

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If you're newly eligible for FEDVIP, you have 60 days from the date you became eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental and/or vision plan. Examples include:

  • You're a newly hired federal employee.
  • You're a newly retired uniformed service member.
  • You're a family member of a sponsor who became an active duty service member.
  • You recently became a survivor.

To enroll, you must first check your eligibility and create a My BENEFEDS account. Then, select "Enroll" in dental or vision coverage from your account dashboard. We'll ask you a few questions to determine when your coverage will be effective.

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If you experienced a qualifying life event (QLE), you may be able to enroll in FEDVIP outside of open season. The QLEs for FEDVIP may be different from QLEs for other federal benefits programs; each program has its own rules. Examples of FEDVIP QLEs include:

  • You got married.
  • You lost your other dental or vision coverage.
  • Your military pay or Federal annuity or compensation was restored.

For a list of all of the FEDVIP QLEs, visit the Coverage section of this site.

To enroll, you must first check your eligibility and create a My BENEFEDS account. Then, select "Enroll" in dental or vision coverage from your account dashboard. We'll ask you a few questions to determine what QLE you experienced and if it allows you to enroll outside of open season.

Check Eligibility

If you have questions regarding enrollment, please call BENEFEDS Customer Service.