September 21, 2023
The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is committed to providing quality healthcare options for pre-career employees. The USPS Health Benefit (HB) Plan is administered by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and is available to eligible pre-career employees (see poster below).
When you enroll in the USPS HB Plan, the Postal Service™ provides a contribution each pay period towards your premium to help reduce the cost of your health coverage.
How do you know if you are eligible for the plan? You are eligible if you are a pre-career employee or a casual employee averaging 30 paid hours per week. However, if you are an assistant rural carrier or a holiday-term employee, you are not eligible for the plan.
Eligible employees can enroll in the USPS HB Plan during the annual open season, within 60 days of hire, or if a qualifying life event (QLE) occurs. QLEs include:
- Change in marital status, such as marriage or divorce.
- Birth, adoption, or fostering of a child.
- Death of a spouse or dependent.
To enroll, use PostalEASE® at ewss.usps.gov or call the HR Shared Service Center (HRSSC) at 877-477-3273, option 1. You can also contact HRSSC to check your eligibility and ask other benefits-related questions.
Employees are encouraged to visit CHECKBOOK’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees through LiteBlue® to explore other health insurance options. You can compare plans, costs, coverage, and even member ratings side-by-side to ensure you choose the right plan for your needs.
For more information about enrollment, visit liteblue.usps.gov/uspshbp.
— Compensation and Benefits,
Human Resources, 9-21-23