Frequently Asked Questions


For new members, your ID card should arrive 10 to 14 days after GEHA receives your enrollment form.
For existing members who have requested replacement ID cards, please allow 10 to 14 days from the date of your request.

When a member has more than one insurance plan, GEHA needs to know so we can determine how to coordinate your coverage to ensure you’re getting the most out of your plan.

One plan becomes your “primary” plan and will process your claims first. The “secondary” plan may pay toward the remaining charges. This process is call coordination of benefits.

How is it determined which plan is “primary” or “secondary”?

For Non-Medicare plans, we apply guidelines from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). For Medicare Plans, we apply current guidelines from Medicare.

The most common rules for determining the order of payment are the Non-Dependent/Dependent Rule, the Active/Inactive Rule and the Birthday Rule.

  • Non-dependent/Dependent Rule: The plan that covers an individual as an enrollee or subscriber is the primary payer over a plan that covers an individual as a dependent, for example, as a spouse.
  • Active/Inactive Rule: The plan that covers an individual as an active employee or as the dependent of an active employee is the primary payer over the plan that covers the individual as a retired or laid off employee or as the dependent of such an employee.
  • Birthday Rule: This rule determines whether a plan is primary or secondary for a dependent child who is covered by both parents' benefit plans and those parents live together. The plan covering the parent whose birthday (month and day only) falls first in a calendar year provides primary coverage for the child. If both parents have the same birthday, then the plan that has been in effect the longest pays as primary.

A different set of rules applies to a dependent child whose parents are divorced or separated or are not living together, whether or not they have ever been married:

  1. If a court decree states that one of the parents is responsible for the child's health care expenses/coverage ("health care coverage responsibility") and the plan covering that parent has actual knowledge of those terms, that plan is primary. If the responsible parent has no coverage for the child’s health care expenses, but that parent's spouse does, that parent's spouse's plan is the primary plan.
  2. If a court decree states that both parents are responsible for the child’s health care expenses/coverage, the Birthday Rule determines the order of benefits;
  3. If a court decree states that the parents have joint custody without specifying that one parent has health care coverage responsibility, the Birthday Rule determines the order of benefits; or
  4. If there is no court decree allocating health care coverage responsibility for the child, the order of benefits for the child is as follows:
    1. The plan covering the custodial parent;
    2. The plan covering the custodial parent's spouse;
    3. The plan covering the non-custodial parent; and then
    4. The plan covering the non-custodial parent's spouse.

For additional information on NAIC rules regarding the coordinating of benefits, visit the NAIC website.

How does the coordination of benefits happen?

If it is determined that GEHA is the secondary plan, copies of the primary carrier’s Explanation of Benefits (EOB) forms will need to be submitted by you or your provider. Once we have a copy of the EOB, GEHA can determine our payment on the remaining balance.

Can’t the plans just work it out? Why do I have to get involved?

Most commercial plans only share protected health information with their members or providers.

Update your information to process claims faster

Coordinating your benefits helps us process your claims faster and maximizes your benefits, which can lower your out-of-pocket expenses. It is important that we keep your information up-to-date. We’ll send you a letter from time to time asking if you have any additional coverage. Please respond to that letter. If we don’t receive your response, we may delay processing your claims until the information is received.

If you are already enrolled in a Self and Family medical plan, you can contact us directly to add your newborn by calling 800.821.6136.

If you are not yet enrolled in a Self and Family option, please contact your personnel office to make the change.

Click to order a free maternity resource kit.

A calendar-year deductible is the amount you must pay out-of-pocket each year before the plan begins to pay benefits. Not all services are subject to the deductible.

See the plan brochure (RI 71-006 for High and Standard OptionsRI 71-014 for High Deductible Health Plan and RI 73-903 for Elevate and Elevate Plus) for more services payable without deductible.

We provide benefits for a comprehensive range of preventive care and professional services for adults and children, including the preventive services recommended under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

Preventive care services are generally covered with no cost-sharing and are not subject to coinsurance, deductibles or annual limits when received from a network provider.

Here are some resources that can help you learn more about preventive care:

To qualify for the transplant travel and lodging benefit, you must meet all of the following criteria: 

  1. GEHA is your primary insurance carrier.
  2. You will be having a transplant that is considered specialized. There include: stem cell, bone marrow transplants for qualifying diagnoses and solid organ transplants including: autologous pancreas inlet cell transplant (as an adjunct to total or near total pancreatectomy) only for patients with chronic pancreatitis; heart; heart/lung; intestinal transplants (isolated small intestine; small intestine with the liver; small intestine with multiple organs, such as the liver, stomach and pancreas); kidney/pancreas (when both organs are transplanted during the same procedure); liver; lung; pancreas. (Please note: kidney-only transplants and cornea transplants are not considered specialized and do not qualify for the travel and lodging benefit.) 
  3. The facility where you will be getting the transplant is a plan-designated facility for the transplant you are having that is over 100 miles from your home address.

For more frequently asked questions on transplant travel and lodging, view this PDF.

Access to 24/7 virtual access to certified doctors, including dermatologists and licensed therapists for all GEHA medical plans through MDLIVE.Visit our online doctor visits webpagor call 888.912.1183 to access on demand, affordable, high-quality care for adults and children experiencing non-emergency medical issues. This includes treatment of minor acute conditions and counseling for behavioral health and substance use disorder.

Note: This benefit is available only through the MDLIVE contracted telehealth provider network.

Submit claims to the network address on the back your GEHA ID card, for both in- and out-of-network claims. Submit Medicare primary claims or out-of-network charges that you have paid in full to:

GEHA
P.O. Box 21542
Eagan, MN 55121 

Note: All claims submitted to GEHA should include itemized bills that show the following information:

  • Patient’s name, date of birth, address, phone number and relationship to member
  • Patient’s plan identification number
  • Name and address of person or company providing the service or supply
  • Dates that services or supplies were furnished
  • Diagnosis
  • Type of each service or supply
  • The charge for each service or supply
  • Provider signature

Note: Canceled checks, cash register receipts or balance due statements are not acceptable substitutes for itemized bills. 

For more information, visit Claims for GEHA medical members.

Click LOG IN in the top right-hand corner of our website. From there, you will need to either log in or create an account. Once you are logged in, find the “Claims Inquiry” section on your member dashboard and initiate a search. You can view GEHA claims processed in the last 18 months.

When Medicare is primary, every effort must be made for Medicare to receive all required information to make an accurate benefit determination. GEHA must have the Medicare reason for denial to make our benefit determination.

Medicare does not cover all services. When GEHA has a benefit for those services, GEHA will process your claim per the guidelines in our plan brochure (71-006 for High and Standard Options71-014 for High Deductible Health Plan and 73-903 for Elevate and Elevate Plus).

When there is a need for records from any GEHA department, all requests must go through our Records Management Office.

Member information at GEHA is confidential and protected by state law, federal laws and HIPAA regulations. Records will only be released with proper authorization from the member.

Types of requests

Submitting requests
GEHA accepts record requests by mail, email, fax or in person. Please submit your requests to GEHA's Records Management Office:

GEHA, Inc.
Records Management Office, 1st Floor
201 NE Mulberry St.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Email: rmo@geha.com
Fax: 816.257.3207

Pricing
GEHA retains discretion to require payment for the release of records.

Responses
Please allow 30 calendar days for a response from GEHA. When feasible, GEHA will submit requested records by way of a secure file transfer protocol (SFTP). Please provide an email address so that we can expedite your request via SFTP.

Verify with your provider that they are in the network indicated on your insurance card. Next, review your Explanation of Benefits with the provider, including the notes documentation for the disallow amount and patient responsibility amount.

If your provider does not cooperate, please contact Customer Care at 800.821.6136 or write to us at:

GEHA
P.O. Box 21542
Eagan, MN 55121

For new members, your ID card should arrive 10 to 14 days after GEHA receives your enrollment form.
For existing members who have requested replacement ID cards, please allow 10 to 14 days from the date of your request.

Changes can be made outside of Open Season when you have a qualifying life event. Examples of qualifying life events include, but are not limited to, marriage, divorce, birth of child, etc.

Enrollment changes will need to be processed through your personnel office. Generally, you must make the change within 60 days of the event.

No. All GEHA ID cards are issued in the primary subscriber’s name. However, these cards are good for all covered family members.

If you are already enrolled in a Self and Family medical plan, you can contact us directly to add your newborn by calling 800.821.6136.

If you are not yet enrolled in a Self and Family option, please contact your personnel office to make the change.

Click to order a free maternity resource kit.

If you have a Self Only enrollment, you may change to a Self and Family enrollment or a Self Plus One enrollment 31 days before to 60 days after you give birth. Contact your employing or retirement office to have your baby added to your medical plan.

Self and Family or Self Plus One enrollments begin on the first day of the pay period in which the child is born or becomes an eligible family member. If you give birth at an in-network facility, benefits are payable at 100% of the plan allowable for labor and delivery.

If you have a Self and Family or Self Plus One enrollment, then you may add your child by providing a copy of your child’s birth certificate, their name and Social Security number (when available) to our Enrollment Department at enroll@geha.com.

All family member changes should also be made with your employing or retirement agency to ensure correct information is on file in your personnel folder.

If you are an active federal employee, you'll need to change your name with your employing agency. After you do that, your employing agency will submit the name change to GEHA’s Enrollment Department.

If you are a retired federal employee or a survivor annuitant, you can send your name-change request to GEHA’s Enrollment Department at enroll@geha.com.

A legal name change for your spouse or your dependent child must be submitted to GEHA’s Enrollment Department at enroll@geha.com, and you need to attach the legal documents supporting the name change.

All changes should also be made with your employing or retirement agency to ensure that correct information is on file in your personnel folder.

To access the GEHA member portal, you must create a new account. Please visit login.geha.com and select "Create an account."

Here are a few tips to follow when creating your web account:

  • Make sure you can access your email account, as you will need it to create your account.
  • If possible, utilize your computer’s desktop browser for this process (e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge). Please avoid using your mobile device for first time registration.
  • Use your member ID card to find the information needed to create your account.
  • Information provided must match your enrollment record on file.
    • First and last name as it appears on your member ID card
    • Relationship to subscriber
    • Group ID, which is located on the front of your member ID card. Match your Group ID with one of the following: RX1412, RX4149, 4342, AA and enter accordingly.
    • Member ID
    • Date of birth
  • Visit login.geha.com and select "Create an account."

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Customer Care at 1.877.927.1112.

We provide benefits for a comprehensive range of preventive care and professional services for adults and children, including the preventive services recommended under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

Preventive care services are generally covered with no cost-sharing and are not subject to coinsurance, deductibles or annual limits when received from a network provider.

Here are some resources that can help you learn more about preventive care:

When Medicare is primary, every effort must be made for Medicare to receive all required information to make an accurate benefit determination. GEHA must have the Medicare reason for denial to make our benefit determination.

Medicare does not cover all services. When GEHA has a benefit for those services, GEHA will process your claim per the guidelines in our plan brochure (71-006 for High and Standard Options71-014 for High Deductible Health Plan and 73-903 for Elevate and Elevate Plus).

If your GEHA enrollment is through active employment, GEHA is primary. If your GEHA enrollment is through retirement, Medicare is primary.

Whether you enroll in Medicare is ultimately your choice. Most members do find it helpful to have both Medicare and GEHA because when Medicare is primary, both GEHA High Option and Standard Option waive the deductible and coinsurance and pick up Medicare's deductible and coinsurance for covered medical services.

If you do not enroll in Medicare, covered services would be payable through GEHA under regular plan benefits, including the deductible and coinsurance. Under FEHB regulations, if you are over 65 and retired, we must limit our payments for inpatient hospital care and physician care to those payments you would be entitled to if you had Medicare. Your physician and hospital must follow Medicare rules and cannot bill you for more than they could bill you if you had Medicare. You and the FEHB benefit from these payment limits.

If you are age 65 or older and retired, even if you do not enroll in Medicare, it is generally to your financial advantage to use a physician who participates with Medicare. Such physicians are permitted to collect only up to the Medicare-approved amount.

Please be aware that if you do not take Part B when you are first eligible and decide to enroll at a later date, Medicare may impose a penalty for late enrollment. Please contact Medicare directly for additional information on penalties.

For more information, visit Medicare + GEHA.

Visit our Find Care tool to find a doctor, hospital, dentist or pharmacy in the GEHA network. You can print a customized directory from provider search results. 

Please remember that if you have Medicare A&B primary, you can choose any provider for your care. Medicare and GEHA together will pay 100% of your costs for covered services during doctor visits, surgical care, lab services and hospitalization, in- or out-of-network. 

Important note: GEHA contracts with three networks nationwide: Aetna Signature Administrators, UnitedHealthcare Options PPO and UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus. If you call your provider to confirm that he or she is in the GEHA network, please have your GEHA ID card handy. You’ll want to ask the provider if he or she participates in the network indicated on your card. Network logos are placed on the front of the card. The back of the ID card tells the provider where to submit claims.

Access to 24/7 virtual access to certified doctors, including dermatologists and licensed therapists for all GEHA medical plans through MDLIVE.Visit our online doctor visits webpagor call 888.912.1183 to access on demand, affordable, high-quality care for adults and children experiencing non-emergency medical issues. This includes treatment of minor acute conditions and counseling for behavioral health and substance use disorder.

Note: This benefit is available only through the MDLIVE contracted telehealth provider network.

Not all providers are considered participating in-network providers at all locations where they practice. It is the member's responsibility to verify that the provider is a participating network provider at the location where services are being rendered.

In addition, not all services performed at a participating provider's office are covered services.

It is the member's responsibility to verify coverage of services.

GEHA recently launched a new member account creation and login process for users of geha.com, gehadental.com and the GEHA mobile application that uses Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). To access these GEHA digital resources, you need to create a web account that includes a valid email address (one you can access) as the user name as well as a secure password.

According to studies conducted by the University of Maryland, hacker attacks on computers with Internet access occur every 39 seconds on average, effecting 1 in 3 Americans every year.* These attacks cause major computer systems to crash. They prevent government entities and businesses from providing essential services. And perhaps even worse, they expose sensitive personal data that results in identity theft, financial loss, damage to one's personal reputation and more.

As technology advances so do the methods cybercriminals use to carry out their attacks. This means companies like GEHA must continue to evolve their security measures to protect you against this growing threat.

One very effective way companies can protect your data is by implementing MFA, which requires users to provide two or more pieces of evidence to verify their identity when trying to access a digital resource.

You'll also need to be prepared to use one the following for your GEHA MFA set-up: Your valid email address, mobile phone for receiving a text message or any phone to receive a voice call.

Click here to create your GEHA account

For new account creation please have the following ready:
  • First and last name as it appears on your member ID card
  • Relationship to subscriber
  • Member ID
  • Date of birth
*Source: "Study: Hackers Attack Every 39 Seconds," https://eng.umd.edu/news/story/study-hackers-attack-every-39-seconds

To access the GEHA member portal, you must create a new account. Please visit login.geha.com and select "Create an account."

Here are a few tips to follow when creating your web account:

  • Make sure you can access your email account, as you will need it to create your account.
  • If possible, utilize your computer’s desktop browser for this process (e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge). Please avoid using your mobile device for first time registration.
  • Use your member ID card to find the information needed to create your account.
  • Information provided must match your enrollment record on file.
    • First and last name as it appears on your member ID card
    • Relationship to subscriber
    • Group ID, which is located on the front of your member ID card. Match your Group ID with one of the following: RX1412, RX4149, 4342, AA and enter accordingly.
    • Member ID
    • Date of birth
  • Visit login.geha.com and select "Create an account."

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Customer Care at 1.877.927.1112.

GEHA recently launched a new member account creation and login process for users of geha.com, gehadental.com and the GEHA mobile application that uses Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). To access these GEHA digital resources, you need to create a web account that includes a valid email address (one you can access) as the user name as well as a secure password.

According to studies conducted by the University of Maryland, hacker attacks on computers with Internet access occur every 39 seconds on average, effecting 1 in 3 Americans every year.* These attacks cause major computer systems to crash. They prevent government entities and businesses from providing essential services. And perhaps even worse, they expose sensitive personal data that results in identity theft, financial loss, damage to one's personal reputation and more.

As technology advances so do the methods cybercriminals use to carry out their attacks. This means companies like GEHA must continue to evolve their security measures to protect you against this growing threat.

One very effective way companies can protect your data is by implementing MFA, which requires users to provide two or more pieces of evidence to verify their identity when trying to access a digital resource.

You'll also need to be prepared to use one the following for your GEHA MFA set-up: Your valid email address, mobile phone for receiving a text message or any phone to receive a voice call.

Click here to create your GEHA account

For new account creation please have the following ready:
  • First and last name as it appears on your member ID card
  • Relationship to subscriber
  • Member ID
  • Date of birth
*Source: "Study: Hackers Attack Every 39 Seconds," https://eng.umd.edu/news/story/study-hackers-attack-every-39-seconds

Submit claims to the network address on the back your GEHA ID card, for both in- and out-of-network claims. Submit Medicare primary claims or out-of-network charges that you have paid in full to:

GEHA
P.O. Box 21542
Eagan, MN 55121 

Note: All claims submitted to GEHA should include itemized bills that show the following information:

  • Patient’s name, date of birth, address, phone number and relationship to member
  • Patient’s plan identification number
  • Name and address of person or company providing the service or supply
  • Dates that services or supplies were furnished
  • Diagnosis
  • Type of each service or supply
  • The charge for each service or supply
  • Provider signature

Note: Canceled checks, cash register receipts or balance due statements are not acceptable substitutes for itemized bills. 

For more information, visit Claims for GEHA medical members.

For new members, your ID card should arrive 10 to 14 days after GEHA receives your enrollment form.
For existing members who have requested replacement ID cards, please allow 10 to 14 days from the date of your request.

Changes can be made outside of Open Season when you have a qualifying life event. Examples of qualifying life events include, but are not limited to, marriage, divorce, birth of child, etc.

Enrollment changes will need to be processed through your personnel office. Generally, you must make the change within 60 days of the event.

Visit our Find Care tool to find a doctor, hospital, dentist or pharmacy in the GEHA network. You can print a customized directory from provider search results. 

Please remember that if you have Medicare A&B primary, you can choose any provider for your care. Medicare and GEHA together will pay 100% of your costs for covered services during doctor visits, surgical care, lab services and hospitalization, in- or out-of-network. 

Important note: GEHA contracts with three networks nationwide: Aetna Signature Administrators, UnitedHealthcare Options PPO and UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus. If you call your provider to confirm that he or she is in the GEHA network, please have your GEHA ID card handy. You’ll want to ask the provider if he or she participates in the network indicated on your card. Network logos are placed on the front of the card. The back of the ID card tells the provider where to submit claims.

Chiropractors will be added to our Find Care tool in January 2019. (They were previously excluded from GEHA’s provider search due to the limited benefit for their services.)

For complete information on chiropractic benefits, refer to GEHA’s plan brochures (RI 71-006 for High and Standard OptionsRI 71-014 for High Deductible Health Plan).

When a member has more than one insurance plan, GEHA needs to know so we can determine how to coordinate your coverage to ensure you’re getting the most out of your plan.

One plan becomes your “primary” plan and will process your claims first. The “secondary” plan may pay toward the remaining charges. This process is call coordination of benefits.

How is it determined which plan is “primary” or “secondary”?

For Non-Medicare plans, we apply guidelines from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). For Medicare Plans, we apply current guidelines from Medicare.

The most common rules for determining the order of payment are the Non-Dependent/Dependent Rule, the Active/Inactive Rule and the Birthday Rule.

  • Non-dependent/Dependent Rule: The plan that covers an individual as an enrollee or subscriber is the primary payer over a plan that covers an individual as a dependent, for example, as a spouse.
  • Active/Inactive Rule: The plan that covers an individual as an active employee or as the dependent of an active employee is the primary payer over the plan that covers the individual as a retired or laid off employee or as the dependent of such an employee.
  • Birthday Rule: This rule determines whether a plan is primary or secondary for a dependent child who is covered by both parents' benefit plans and those parents live together. The plan covering the parent whose birthday (month and day only) falls first in a calendar year provides primary coverage for the child. If both parents have the same birthday, then the plan that has been in effect the longest pays as primary.

A different set of rules applies to a dependent child whose parents are divorced or separated or are not living together, whether or not they have ever been married:

  1. If a court decree states that one of the parents is responsible for the child's health care expenses/coverage ("health care coverage responsibility") and the plan covering that parent has actual knowledge of those terms, that plan is primary. If the responsible parent has no coverage for the child’s health care expenses, but that parent's spouse does, that parent's spouse's plan is the primary plan.
  2. If a court decree states that both parents are responsible for the child’s health care expenses/coverage, the Birthday Rule determines the order of benefits;
  3. If a court decree states that the parents have joint custody without specifying that one parent has health care coverage responsibility, the Birthday Rule determines the order of benefits; or
  4. If there is no court decree allocating health care coverage responsibility for the child, the order of benefits for the child is as follows:
    1. The plan covering the custodial parent;
    2. The plan covering the custodial parent's spouse;
    3. The plan covering the non-custodial parent; and then
    4. The plan covering the non-custodial parent's spouse.

For additional information on NAIC rules regarding the coordinating of benefits, visit the NAIC website.

How does the coordination of benefits happen?

If it is determined that GEHA is the secondary plan, copies of the primary carrier’s Explanation of Benefits (EOB) forms will need to be submitted by you or your provider. Once we have a copy of the EOB, GEHA can determine our payment on the remaining balance.

Can’t the plans just work it out? Why do I have to get involved?

Most commercial plans only share protected health information with their members or providers.

Update your information to process claims faster

Coordinating your benefits helps us process your claims faster and maximizes your benefits, which can lower your out-of-pocket expenses. It is important that we keep your information up-to-date. We’ll send you a letter from time to time asking if you have any additional coverage. Please respond to that letter. If we don’t receive your response, we may delay processing your claims until the information is received.

Click LOG IN in the top right-hand corner of our website. From there, you will need to either log in or create an account. Once you are logged in, find the “Claims Inquiry” section on your member dashboard and initiate a search. You can view GEHA claims processed in the last 18 months.

No. All GEHA ID cards are issued in the primary subscriber’s name. However, these cards are good for all covered family members.

If you are already enrolled in a Self and Family medical plan, you can contact us directly to add your newborn by calling 800.821.6136.

If you are not yet enrolled in a Self and Family option, please contact your personnel office to make the change.

Click to order a free maternity resource kit.

If you have a Self Only enrollment, you may change to a Self and Family enrollment or a Self Plus One enrollment 31 days before to 60 days after you give birth. Contact your employing or retirement office to have your baby added to your medical plan.

Self and Family or Self Plus One enrollments begin on the first day of the pay period in which the child is born or becomes an eligible family member. If you give birth at an in-network facility, benefits are payable at 100% of the plan allowable for labor and delivery.

If you have a Self and Family or Self Plus One enrollment, then you may add your child by providing a copy of your child’s birth certificate, their name and Social Security number (when available) to our Enrollment Department at enroll@geha.com.

All family member changes should also be made with your employing or retirement agency to ensure correct information is on file in your personnel folder.

When Medicare is primary, every effort must be made for Medicare to receive all required information to make an accurate benefit determination. GEHA must have the Medicare reason for denial to make our benefit determination.

Medicare does not cover all services. When GEHA has a benefit for those services, GEHA will process your claim per the guidelines in our plan brochure (71-006 for High and Standard Options71-014 for High Deductible Health Plan and 73-903 for Elevate and Elevate Plus).

A calendar-year deductible is the amount you must pay out-of-pocket each year before the plan begins to pay benefits. Not all services are subject to the deductible.

See the plan brochure (RI 71-006 for High and Standard OptionsRI 71-014 for High Deductible Health Plan and RI 73-903 for Elevate and Elevate Plus) for more services payable without deductible.

We cannot guarantee the availability of every specialty in all areas. If an in-network provider is unavailable, or you do not use an in-network provider, the standard out-of-network benefits apply.

For complete information, refer to GEHA’s plan brochures (RI 71-006 for High and Standard OptionsRI 71-014 for High Deductible Health Plan).

If your GEHA enrollment is through active employment, GEHA is primary. If your GEHA enrollment is through retirement, Medicare is primary.

Whether you enroll in Medicare is ultimately your choice. Most members do find it helpful to have both Medicare and GEHA because when Medicare is primary, both GEHA High Option and Standard Option waive the deductible and coinsurance and pick up Medicare's deductible and coinsurance for covered medical services.

If you do not enroll in Medicare, covered services would be payable through GEHA under regular plan benefits, including the deductible and coinsurance. Under FEHB regulations, if you are over 65 and retired, we must limit our payments for inpatient hospital care and physician care to those payments you would be entitled to if you had Medicare. Your physician and hospital must follow Medicare rules and cannot bill you for more than they could bill you if you had Medicare. You and the FEHB benefit from these payment limits.

If you are age 65 or older and retired, even if you do not enroll in Medicare, it is generally to your financial advantage to use a physician who participates with Medicare. Such physicians are permitted to collect only up to the Medicare-approved amount.

Please be aware that if you do not take Part B when you are first eligible and decide to enroll at a later date, Medicare may impose a penalty for late enrollment. Please contact Medicare directly for additional information on penalties.

For more information, visit Medicare + GEHA.

If your provider is not currently participating in GEHA's provider network, you may nominate him or her to join by completing a medical provider nomination form. You may also nominate a provider by calling Customer Care at 800.821.6136.

If you are an active federal employee, you'll need to change your name with your employing agency. After you do that, your employing agency will submit the name change to GEHA’s Enrollment Department.

If you are a retired federal employee or a survivor annuitant, you can send your name-change request to GEHA’s Enrollment Department at enroll@geha.com.

A legal name change for your spouse or your dependent child must be submitted to GEHA’s Enrollment Department at enroll@geha.com, and you need to attach the legal documents supporting the name change.

All changes should also be made with your employing or retirement agency to ensure that correct information is on file in your personnel folder.

To access the GEHA member portal, you must create a new account. Please visit login.geha.com and select "Create an account."

Here are a few tips to follow when creating your web account:

  • Make sure you can access your email account, as you will need it to create your account.
  • If possible, utilize your computer’s desktop browser for this process (e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge). Please avoid using your mobile device for first time registration.
  • Use your member ID card to find the information needed to create your account.
  • Information provided must match your enrollment record on file.
    • First and last name as it appears on your member ID card
    • Relationship to subscriber
    • Group ID, which is located on the front of your member ID card. Match your Group ID with one of the following: RX1412, RX4149, 4342, AA and enter accordingly.
    • Member ID
    • Date of birth
  • Visit login.geha.com and select "Create an account."

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Customer Care at 1.877.927.1112.

We provide benefits for a comprehensive range of preventive care and professional services for adults and children, including the preventive services recommended under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

Preventive care services are generally covered with no cost-sharing and are not subject to coinsurance, deductibles or annual limits when received from a network provider.

Here are some resources that can help you learn more about preventive care:

To qualify for the transplant travel and lodging benefit, you must meet all of the following criteria: 

  1. GEHA is your primary insurance carrier.
  2. You will be having a transplant that is considered specialized. There include: stem cell, bone marrow transplants for qualifying diagnoses and solid organ transplants including: autologous pancreas inlet cell transplant (as an adjunct to total or near total pancreatectomy) only for patients with chronic pancreatitis; heart; heart/lung; intestinal transplants (isolated small intestine; small intestine with the liver; small intestine with multiple organs, such as the liver, stomach and pancreas); kidney/pancreas (when both organs are transplanted during the same procedure); liver; lung; pancreas. (Please note: kidney-only transplants and cornea transplants are not considered specialized and do not qualify for the travel and lodging benefit.) 
  3. The facility where you will be getting the transplant is a plan-designated facility for the transplant you are having that is over 100 miles from your home address.

For more frequently asked questions on transplant travel and lodging, view this PDF.

When there is a need for records from any GEHA department, all requests must go through our Records Management Office.

Member information at GEHA is confidential and protected by state law, federal laws and HIPAA regulations. Records will only be released with proper authorization from the member.

Types of requests

Submitting requests
GEHA accepts record requests by mail, email, fax or in person. Please submit your requests to GEHA's Records Management Office:

GEHA, Inc.
Records Management Office, 1st Floor
201 NE Mulberry St.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Email: rmo@geha.com
Fax: 816.257.3207

Pricing
GEHA retains discretion to require payment for the release of records.

Responses
Please allow 30 calendar days for a response from GEHA. When feasible, GEHA will submit requested records by way of a secure file transfer protocol (SFTP). Please provide an email address so that we can expedite your request via SFTP.

Verify with your provider that they are in the network indicated on your insurance card. Next, review your Explanation of Benefits with the provider, including the notes documentation for the disallow amount and patient responsibility amount.

If your provider does not cooperate, please contact Customer Care at 800.821.6136 or write to us at:

GEHA
P.O. Box 21542
Eagan, MN 55121

Access to 24/7 virtual access to certified doctors, including dermatologists and licensed therapists for all GEHA medical plans through MDLIVE.Visit our online doctor visits webpagor call 888.912.1183 to access on demand, affordable, high-quality care for adults and children experiencing non-emergency medical issues. This includes treatment of minor acute conditions and counseling for behavioral health and substance use disorder.

Note: This benefit is available only through the MDLIVE contracted telehealth provider network.

Not all providers are considered participating in-network providers at all locations where they practice. It is the member's responsibility to verify that the provider is a participating network provider at the location where services are being rendered.

In addition, not all services performed at a participating provider's office are covered services.

It is the member's responsibility to verify coverage of services.