5 U.S. Code § 8988 - Premiums

§ 8988.
Premiums
(a)
Each eligible individual obtaining supplemental vision coverage under this chapter shall be responsible for 100 percent of the premiums for such coverage.
(b)
The Office shall prescribe regulations specifying the terms and conditions under which individuals are required to pay the premiums for enrollment.
(c) The amount necessary to pay the premiums for enrollment may—
(1)
in the case of an employee, be withheld from the pay of such an employee; or
(2)
in the case of an annuitant, be withheld from the annuity of such an annuitant.
(d)
All amounts withheld under this section shall be paid directly to the qualified company.
(e)
Each participating qualified company shall maintain accounting records that contain such information and reports as the Office may require.
(f)
(1)
The Employee Health Benefits Fund is available, without fiscal year limitation, for reasonable expenses incurred by the Office in administering this chapter before the first day of the first contract period, including reasonable implementation costs.
(2)
(A)
There is established in the Employees Health Benefits Fund a Vision Benefits Administrative Account, which shall be available to the Office, without fiscal year limitation, to defray reasonable expenses incurred by the Office in administering this chapter after the start of the first contract year.
(B)
A contract under this chapter shall include appropriate provisions under which the qualified company involved shall, during each year, make such periodic contributions to the Vision Benefits Administrative Account as necessary to ensure that the reasonable anticipated expenses of the Office in administering this chapter during such year are defrayed.
(Added Pub. L. 108–496, § 3, Dec. 23, 2004, 118 Stat. 4009; amended Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VII, § 715(b)(2), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2222.)
Amendment of Subsection (c)

Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VII, § 715(b)(2), (c), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2222, 2223, provided that, applicable with respect to the first contract year for chapter 89A or 89B of this title, as applicable, that begins on or after Jan. 1, 2018, this section is amended:

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking “or” at the end;

(2) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

(3) in the case of a covered TRICARE-eligible individual who receives pay from the Federal Government or an annuity from the Federal Government due to the death of a member of the uniformed services (as defined in section 101 of title 10), and is not a former spouse of a member of the uniformed services, be withheld from—

(A) the pay (including retired pay) of such individual; or

(B) the annuity paid to such individual; or

(4) in the case of a covered TRICARE-eligible individual who is not described in paragraph (3), be billed to such individual directly.

See 2016 Amendment note below.

Amendments

2016—Subsec. (c)(3), (4). Pub. L. 114–328 added pars. (3) and (4).

Effective Date of 2016 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 114–328 applicable with respect to the first contract year for chapter 89A or 89B of this title, as applicable, that begins on or after Jan. 1, 2018, see section 715(c) of Pub. L. 114–328, set out as a note under section 8951 of this title.

Effective Date

Section effective Dec. 23, 2004, and applicable to contracts that take effect with respect to the calendar year 2006, see section 7 of Pub. L. 108–496, set out as a note under section 8951 of this title.

 

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