Availability of Appropriations for Reimbursements for Health Insurance Expenses
B-323449: Aug 14, 2012
- Full Report:
Where the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) does not permit the enrollment of an employees spouse under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), appropriated funds are not available to reimburse the employee for the costs of health insurance for his spouse. The Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 charges OPM with the administration of the FEHBP, and OPM has advised that same-sex spouses are not eligible for enrollment. Accordingly, a federal court may not use its appropriation to reimburse its employee for the cost of purchasing health insurance outside of the FEHBP.