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.

If you missed open season for any of the reasons below, you may still be able to enroll in FEDVIP for the 2019 plan year with an effective date of January 1.

  • You didn't have 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 enroll for a significant portion of the Federal Benefits Open Season.
  • A member of your immediate family passed away and you were unable to enroll during the Federal Benefits Open Season.
  • You attempted to call or enroll online during open season but were unsuccessful.

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 confirm when your coverage will be effective.

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.

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