The U.S. Office of Personnel Management released updated today its guidance on coverage of dependent children in 2011. Based on guidance from the Health and Human Services Department, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Labor Department, OPM has concluded that it does not have to change its definition of foster child next year. According to OPM’s FEHB Handbook:
To be considered a foster child for health benefits purposes:
· the child must live with you;
· you must expect to raise the child to adulthood.
· the child’s natural parents are alive;
· the child’s natural parent lives with you; or
· the child receives some support from sources other than you (for example, social security payments or support payments from a parent).
· A child whose parents have died is living with, and being supported by, a close relative who is an enrollee.
· A child who is living with and financially dependent on a grandparent who is an enrollee. (The natural parent of the child may also be a dependent.)
· A child living with an enrollee under a preadoption agreement.
· A child who is in the legal custody of an enrollee.