Health benefits

The Postal Service reform legislation that President Biden signed into law on April 6 will involve changes to employees’ health and retirement benefits.

USPS understands that employees have many questions, so here are a few things to know:

• The law establishes the Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program, which will provide health insurance to USPS career employees, retirees and their dependents, beginning Jan. 1, 2025.

• The PSHB program, to be administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, will be structured similarly to the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. The employer/employee cost-sharing contributions for premiums will be determined by the Postal Service’s collective bargaining and pay consultation processes.

• USPS employees and retirees can make their PSHB plan selections during the open season benefits enrollment period that occurs in November and December 2024.

• Beginning in January 2025, the new law will require all newly Medicare-eligible USPS annuitants and their Medicare-eligible covered family members to enroll in Medicare Part B to maintain their postal health coverage.

The Postal Service will provide employees and retirees with more detailed information about the PSHB program in the months to come.

Spring wellness challenge

The USPS Benefits and Wellness team is encouraging employees to join the 10KaDay challenge, a six-week interactive program that helps build behaviors for lifelong wellness while virtually traveling the globe.

Employees can use their personal, nonpostal devices to log into the 10KaDay website or download the program app to track physical activity, access hundreds of recipes, answer trivia and support one another on message boards.

Participants can record steps manually, by using a tracking device, or by using an activity converter tool provided by the program.

Employees are encouraged to create teams of 4-5 members and help each other stay motivated. Participating in small groups can make the challenge more engaging and provides an opportunity for team building.

The program is open to federal agencies and all USPS employees, including family members ages 13 and older.

The 10KaDay challenge runs from May 2-June 12.

Employees can register on the 10KaDay website from April 18-May 16.

This voluntary challenge is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, a provider of health benefit plans for federal employees. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Benefits and Wellness team or go to the USPS Wellness LiteBlue page.