On Thursday, March 22, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) hosted the annual Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Carrier Conference. The conference featured OPM’s policy and contracting priorities for the FEHB Program for 2018. It followed and discussed OPM’s FEHB Program Call Letter (available here), which provides a high-level outline of its intentions for contract negotiations for plan year 2019.
This year’s Carrier Conference included three key highlights for FEHB carriers:
- OPM will re-open the Indemnity Benefit Plan to contract with either a nationwide carrier or a consortium of carriers to begin offering coverage in 2020.
- OPM is seeking legislative changes to apply the Anti-Kickback Statute to the FEHB Program.
- OPM is interested in Plans improving value by offering Accountable Care Organization or other innovative models