FEGLI 5X is Robbing Your TSP!

But don’t worry, WE CAN HELP!   You’ll be surprised by how much your money can grow with your current level of income and some adjustments.  For example, I recently met Brenda G. She turned 50 years old in January and she earns $126,000 a year.

Brenda has 5x her salary in FEGLI coverage, which is excellent for her family.  Her Total Coverage is $764,000 which costs her $89 per pay period.  At age 55, the cost was set to increase to $156.70.  At age 60, that number would jump to $345 per pay.  By the time Brenda would turn 65 years old, her FEGLI would cost a whopping $450 per pay period.  In total, by age 65, she would be paying $90,863 for FEGlI!!!

We Changed All That On The Spot. 

Brenda came to Fed Legacy for help with her finances.  By putting Brenda into a Private Policy for the same amount of coverage ($764,000), we were able to reduce her bi-weekly payments from $89 per pay period to $81.  Saving eight dollars per pay may not sound like much.  You likely spend more than that every day for lunch.  But this $81 per pay was fixed for the next 30 years, saving her $59,273 over the next 15 years, without spending any extra money and with the same coverage.


We then advised Brenda to invest all the money she saved into her TSP… increasing her nest egg significantly.  Wouldn’t it be great to retire comfortably and reap the benefits of all your years of hard work?  CLICK HERE so we can talk further about your financial legacy.

 

How Does FEGLI Work?

How Does FEGLI Work?

How Does FEGLI Work?

The Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)  policy falls in a category called “Group Term.” Group Term is a life insurance policy offered by employers to their employees.  You are covered for a set amount of coverage usually related to your salary, for as long as you work and continue to pay your premium in retirement.  To be eligible for the FEGLI program all you have to do is work for the Federal Government. Health is not an issue at all if you sign up when you first start employment. This makes it very attractive to those people with existing health problems.

If you want to take a deeper dive to learn more about what FEGLI is.

When you begin working for the Federal Government, you are automatically enrolled into the program. The plan that you get automatically is the “Basic” Plan which covers your salary plus 2 thousand dollars. The federal government partially pays for a portion of this. If you work for the Postal service, your Basic is completely free. The Basic plan also offers double the coverage for employees under the age of 35 with no additional cost. “Option A” is an option to add $10,000 of insurance. “Option B” allows you to add a multiple of your salary to insurance amount, up to five times.

Option B has very different pricing than the other options. Pricing is based on your current age and adjusts every five years. This 5-year adjustment is for ages ending in 5 and 0. This can get very costly the older you become as the premiums jump significantly doing your 50’s. An example of this is

Mary Age 50 making $100,000 a year

At 50 pays $55 a pay

At 55 pays $100 a pay

At age 60 pays $220 a pay  

Option C is the part of the plan that provides protection for your spouse and children. The protection is in multiples of $5,000 and $2,500. The spouse multiples are for $5,000 and the children $2,500. You can get up to 5x for each multiple.

You can increase FEGLI options during certain life events (Marriage, Childbirth, Adoption, etc.) as well as open enrollments. Open enrollments, however, are very rare and this should not be something that an employee waits for. In fact, one just passed in 2016. So the next one is likely far off.

The way to be proactive in this regard is to consult with a professional to see what your options are outside the government employee coverage. You can enroll in a private plan at any time no matter the life circumstances.

Purpose of Life Insurance Through Your Job

The purposes of Life Insurance through your job is for an employer to be able to offer its employee’s life insurance coverage. Some people get it mixed up thinking it will last for their entire life, but it does not. This policy will only last you as long as you work for the organization that you work for and the cost of it will go up over the time you are there. Most Life Insurance policies through your job stay the same from age 18-40, and once you reach the age 40, it goes up every five years. However, when you get to age 65-75, it gets astronomical to the point where you’re forced to drop it. In most cases like for the Federal Government for example after the age of 65 not all the coverage goes away just 75% goes away. This is not a problem if you are working the job or you die while you are working it ends up being a good thing, the issue arises when you think this is all the coverage you have, and it will last for the rest of your life. On average more than 95% of people die in retirement and not during their working years. So, while Life Insurance through your job is cool, it’s always good to get other insurance coverage outside of it.