Open Season is Here and it's Time to Learn About the APWU Health Plan!

Sarah Jane Rodriguez

November 15, 2023

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During Open Season (Nov. 13 - Dec. 11), your local Health Plan Representatives (HPRs) will be talking to you about the benefits of joining or remaining with the APWU Health Plan. HPRs play a vital role in the success of the Health Plan, and they are committed to helping their locals.

Why should you join the APWU Health Plan?

The Health Plan employs 160 union workers that are members of OPEIU and SEIU. The APWU Health Plan is a competitive and comprehensive health insurance plan that is available to all postal workers, federal employees, and retirees. Our coverage includes medical services, hospitals, urgent care, doctors, medical tests, virtual visits, mental health care, and prescription drug coverage.

Our health plans offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • Low premiums. 100 percent coverage for routine in-network preventative care.
  • A wide network of providers.

How can HPRs help you?

HPRs can help you understand the benefits of our two health plans and help you choose the right plan for your needs. They can also answer any questions you have about your coverage and put you in touch with plan resources like Customer Service.

Open Season Resources

Visit and click on the Open Season tab to get information about our plans. The APWU Health Plan has a dedicated phone line (1-800-PIC-APWU) that will be available from Nov. 6 through Dec. 11. Call this number to get answers about any of our APWU Health Plans.

Thank you to all HPRs!

On behalf of the entire APWU Health Plan, I would like to give a special thank you to all of the HPRs who work tirelessly to help their fellow members. Your dedication and commitment are appreciated. ■

The 2023 Open Season for Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHB)

The Postal Service Reform Act (PSRA) will not impact the upcoming Open Season, which will run from Nov. 13, 2023 through Dec. 11, 2023.

The PSRA was signed into law in April 2022. The law requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in conjunction with the Postal Service, to implement the new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program. 

PSHB will be a separate program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. It will be administered by OPM. Coverage under the PSHB Program will begin effective Jan. 1, 2025.

If you are a postal employee or retiree, you will be required to select a health insurance plan in the PSHB Program during the 2024 Open Season period, which will run from Nov. 11, 2024, to Dec. 9, 2024.

If you do not actively select a PSHB plan, you will be automatically enrolled in a comparable PSHB plan. PSHB plan options and premium information will be available in Fall 2024. Information on how and where to enroll will be available as we approach the 2024 Open Season.

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