Other features include enhanced benefits for death under age 45, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and eligibility to carry coverage into retirement. Enrollees pay the full cost except for a government contribution toward basic coverage. Premiums are the same for everyone under age 35, then increase each five years.
However, the FEGLI program does not conduct regular open seasons. The most recent was in 2016, when some premiums changed — up in some age groups, down in others — because of claims' patterns.
Outside an open season, you can start or add coverage without undergoing a health exam following certain life events such as marriage, or you can apply at any time subject to such an exam.