OPM Releases Approved PSHB Program Carrier Applicants

OPM News Release – March 13, 2024
Washington, D.C.¬†‚Äď The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released a list of conditionally approved carrier applicants today to participate in OPM‚Äôs new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program for U.S. Postal Employees and their families.¬†The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 requires that OPM establish this new health care program, which will provide coverage for 1.9 million employees, annuitants, and their eligible family members beginning January 1, 2025.

‚ÄúThe Postal Service Health Benefits Program will offer robust health benefits for Postal employees and their families,‚ÄĚ said¬†OPM Director Kiran Ahuja.¬†‚ÄúI want to thank the carriers for their interest in supporting the health care needs of our federal workforce. This program improvement is only possible thanks to carrier participation and the tireless work of USPS and our OPM team.‚ÄĚ

In total, 32 carrier PSHB applications have received OPM approval, contingent upon successful benefits and rate negotiations. PSHB carrier applicants represent a mix of fee-for-service plans and health maintenance organizations. Their service areas vary from nationwide to specific regions and all have years of experience insuring members through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. The PSHB Program will cover roughly 20 percent of the total FEHB population.

Postal Service members will be able to view coverage details and make changes during the upcoming 2024 Open Season, which is aligned with the FEHB Program. Most Postal Service employees and annuitants will be offered a 2025 PSHB plan that is equivalent to their 2024 FEHB plan option. As stipulated in the PSRA, if an enrollee’s FEHB carrier is not participating in PSHB, that individual will be automatically enrolled in the lowest-cost, nationwide PSHB plan that is not a high-deductible health plan and does not charge an association or membership fee. All such automatic enrollments will be a PSHB plan of the same enrollment type (self only, self and family, or self plus one) as the 2024 FEHB plan.

The PSHB builds on the success of two other centralized enrollment systems OPM developed for FEHB, the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Programs. Importantly, these centralized programs address longstanding problems with FEHB, namely a decentralized enrollment system reliant on individual agencies, and allows OPM to accurately identify and remove improper enrollments.

OPM will continue partnering with the U.S. Postal Service to ensure employees, annuitants, and their eligible family members have access to comprehensive and timely information to support their PSHB plan selection. For more information on the PSHB Program, Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program FAQs (opm.gov).

Here is a list of conditionally approved PSHB carrier applicants:

Source: OPM

Related: Conditionally Approved List of Postal Service Health Benefits Program Carriers Released

One thought on “OPM Releases Approved PSHB Program Carrier Applicants

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU MSGCA Local 204
    Email Address

    Is there a list of plans available last open season for comparison? Just asking as I’d like to see what the difference is. This list seems short. For 2025 open season, plans can start bailing, so I’m guessing this will just get shorter. So nice to become a 2nd class federal employee just before retirement.


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