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The annual Federal Benefits Open Season 2023 starts on November 13 and is open through December 11, 2023. FEHB participants can review all available plans and change their health, vision and dental enrollments for the 2024 benefit year.

FEHB Open Season

The overall average FEHB premium is increasing 7.7% for plan year 2024 and the new rates were announced this week. The overall FEDVIP average premium for dental plans is increasing by 1.4 percent, and the average premium for vision plans will increase 1.1 percent.

The premiums for non-postal employees and annuitants enrolled in FEHB will increase by 5.8%, when accounting for the average increases for both the government’s, and participant’s share of the cost. The government is contributing 5% more toward FEHB premiums starting next year.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Basic to GEHA Standard

I checked the premiums for the self-plus-one Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) basic (113) and Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) standard (316) plans. BCBS monthly premium increased $44.91 to $517.03 while GEHA’s premium increased $6.40 to $326.79.

The annual increases are $538.92 for BCBS Basic and $76.80 for GEHA Standard. BCBS basic increased 9.5% while GEHA standard increase only 1.9%.

OPM will post the new 2024 plan brochures in October. Major providers may already have them available. I called GEHA and they are sending out the new 2024 guide in two weeks.

You will be able to compare your current plan to several hundred health plans available for 2024.

Medicare Advantage Plans (Heads Up for the Upcoming Open Season)

Medicare Part B Premiums

In March, Medicare Trustees forecasted monthly Part B premiums would increase to $174.80 in 2024 from $164.90 this year, a 6% increase. The new rates will be announced soon and they could be higher now that a new high-cost Alzheimer drug was approved for the Part D Medicare program.


Explore lower cost FEHB plans to offset high costs elsewhere. This is especially true for those with Medicare. Your FEHB plan becomes your secondary coverage and they cover many of the costs Medicare doesn’t, including copayments, coinsurance and deductibles.

Use the tools available to compare plans and ensure the plan you select meets your needs throughout the year ahead.

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2 Responses to “2024 FEHB Premiums Increasing 7.7% – Up, Up and Away”

  1. Jason Says:

    If you have an existing 401k should you roll it over into the TSP or keep it separate?

  2. Dennis Damp Says:

    There are advantages such as consolidating your retirement assets into one account to make it easier to manage. You can only roll over cash, so you would have to convert your current 401K to cash before the rollover. The TSP has a rollover concierge service. A rollover specialist will assist you with each step of the process. They’ll contact the providers who administer the account you’re rolling over to the TSP, complete distribution paperwork on your behalf, and contact you for any signatures needed to finalize the rollover. Then the specialist will ensure that the money you want to roll over enters your TSP account correctly. Call 1-877-968-3778 and follow the prompts to access the rollover concierge service.