TREA Weekly Update Newsletter (12/12/2018)

December 12, 2018
  

 Inside this issueTREA “The Enlisted Association” Washington Update• Missed Enrolling in the Retiree Dental Insurance Program? Maybe It’s NOT too Late• 2018 Tax Statement Release Schedule• Government Shutdown Next Week? TREA “The Enlisted Association” Washington Update  Missed Enrolling in the Retiree Dental Insurance Program? Maybe It’s NOT too Late  According to a news report on Military.com it appears you can still enroll in the new Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) dental insurance program for military retirees if you missed the enrollment “deadline” on Monday.The article says that as of Tuesday (yesterday) about 627,000 of approximately 800,000 military retirees enrolled in old retiree dental insurance plan (TRDP) had purchased a new plan through FEDVIP.It goes on to quote from the FEDVIP website:”‘The 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season ended on December 10, but you may still be able to enroll in FEDVIP if you experienced extenuating circumstances that prevented you from enrolling during open season,” the website states before walking users through enrollment. “To see if this applies to you, you must first answer a few eligibility questions and set up your My Benefeds account. Then, select ‘Enroll’ in dental or vision coverage from your account dashboard to see what enrollment options are available to you.'”Then the article continues:”After walking through a standard series of enrollment eligibility question-and-answer screens that includes verification that the user is a military retiree, for example, those deemed eligible are prompted to create a Benefeds account to complete enrollment.At no point during the process are users asked to confirm that they experienced ‘extenuating circumstances’ that prevented enrollment by the Dec. 10 cutoff, a Military.com test of the system shows.Enrollment for the FEDVIP vision plans, offered this year to military retirees and active-duty families for the first time, also appears to be extended.It is not clear when the extension will end. Officials with OPM did not respond immediately to requests for comment.”You can read the entire article here: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/12/11/fedvip-extends-military-retiree-dental-vision-enrollment-window.html?ESRC=eb_181212.nl If you missed the enrollment period but would still like to enroll in the dental insurance program you can go here: https://www.benefeds.com/ Top 2018 Tax Statement Release Schedule  2018 tax statements for military, retiree, annuitant and federal civilian employee customers serviced by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service will be distributed mid-December through January 2019.The IRS tax forms will be available via myPay, the Department of Defense online pay account management system (https://mypay.dfas.mil/) for most of the 6.4 million DFAS customers. In many cases, the electronic online forms are available much earlier and more securely than those sent to customers electing delivery by mail.DFAS continues to provide IRS Forms 1095-B or 1095-C for military, retiree and federal civilian employees who receive healthcare insurance coverage through the Tricare or Federal Employee Health Benefit programs.You can see the distribution schedule here:https://www.dfas.mil/pressroom/dfasnewsreleasearchive/Release181201.html Top Government Shutdown Next Week?  A shutdown of the federal government appeared unlikely last month but the events of yesterday now seem to indicate we are headed in that direction. As everyone likely saw on the news last night the impass is between the President and the minority leaders in Congress because there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to pass legislation to spend $5 billion building a wall on the southern U.S. border.We will not get into the politics of the border wall but the impass may mean the government could shut down a week from this Friday. Will this affect military personnel or military retirees and veterans?The fy2019 budgets for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have been passed into law so it is not likely there will be any affect on them. However, the budget for the Department of Homeland Security has not been passed so members of the Coast Guard could very well be affected.Let’s hope they can work out their differences in Washington and we won’t have to find out who will or will not be affected. Top

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