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  • Federal Long Term Care Insurance


Long term care is something you may need if you can no longer perform everyday tasks by yourself. For example, there may come a time when you need help getting dressed, eating or bathing. It also includes the kind of care you would need if you had a severe cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s disease. You can receive this care in a variety of settings, including your home, an assisted living facility or a nursing home.The need for long term care usually arises from age or chronic illness, injury or disability.
   • Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)


The supplemental Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) is available to eligible Judicial employees, retirees, and their eligible family members on an enrollee-pay-all basis. This program allows dental and vision insurance to be purchased on a group basis which means competitive premiums and no pre-existing condition limitations. Premiums for enrolled Judicial employees will be withheld from salary on a pre-tax basis.

Employees may enroll in a dental plan and/or a vision plan. Employees may choose to enroll in a plan for Self-only, Self-Plus-One, or Self and Family coverage. Eligible family members include an enrollee's spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 22, or if age 22 or older, incapable of self-support. The rules for family member's eligibility are the same as they are for the FEHB program.

Please note that your employing agency is "Federal Judiciary," and that you are a "biweekly pay" employee.

Please visit the BENEFEDS website for more information and enrollment instructions.

  • Federal Judiciary Flexible Spending

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a benefit which allows the employee to pay for a variety of out-of-pocket expenses with pre-tax money.

A Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) allows the employee to set aside pre-tax dollars from their paychecks to cover eligible health care expenses not reimbursed by any medical, dental, or vision care plan.

A Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) allows the employee to set aside pre-tax dollars from their paychecks to cover eligible dependent care expenses incurred so the employee and/or spouse can work, look for work, or attend school full-time.

The Federal Judiciary Premium Payment Plan (PPP) allows the employee to choose between having their health insurance premiums taken on a pre-tax or post-tax basis; premium amounts will be taken on a pre-tax basis unless the employee chooses otherwise.

Information on Flexible Spending Accounts will be mailed directly to the employee within 60 days of their entrance on duty. Employees are asked to inform Human Resources if they do not receive this information within the 60-day time period. Further information on this program can also be obtained from the Flexible Spending Account website at:
  • Education      



The U.S. Court of Appeals has established a tuition assistance program to provide funding for eligible employees to attend college courses that directly relate to the performance of their duties. This program is subject to the availability of funds.



• The requesting employee must not already possess an undergraduate degree.

Full-time and part-time employees are both eligible to participate, however, only permanent employees may apply.

• The course(s) requested must be job related. For example, English would be an acceptable course, however, English Literature would not be acceptable

• Courses may be taken from community colleges or universities, and may count as credit towards an undergraduate degree

• Employees must present evidence of completion upon the close of each funded course. This must include the grade or “pass/fail” received for the course(s).

• A grade of at least a “C” (or “Pass” in a course taken as pass/fail) must be maintained for each course. Failure to maintain this standard will result in the employee being removed from the tuition assistance program.


• This program will fund costs relating to tuition and required books only. Lab fees, initial registration, travel, parking and other costs are the responsibility of the employee.

• The program will fund up to $1,000 per semester/quarter, not to exceed a total of $3,000 per year, for each approved employee

• Funds for tuition will be made directly to the educational institution following the starting date of the course. Funds for books will be reimbursed to the employee upon receiving a proof of purchase.

• Employees are responsible for immediately notifying the Office of Personnel when a class funded by the tuition program has been dropped by the employee or cancelled. This is to allow the court to collect any potential fee reimbursements.

• Unless caused by an emergency, employees who drop a course funded under the tuition assistance program will be ineligible for further funding until such time as he/she can demonstrate good cause to be reinstated into the program.


• The requesting employee must complete the Tuition Assistance Request Form At least 30 days prior to the start of the course.

• A copy of the course description from the catalog of the educational institution with the dates and cost of the course should be attached to the request.

• Return the completed form and related information to:

U.S. Court of Appeals
Room 1670
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604

phone: 312/582-8712 or 312/435-5884

• After reviewing the request for completeness, Human Resources will contact the employee regarding any missing documents or information. All completed Tuition Assistance Request Forms will be forwarded directly to Collins Fitzpatrick, Circuit Executive. Circuit Judge Michael Kanne will make the final decision on all requests.

• Employees are responsible for following up on their own registration arrangements.

• If the request is rejected, the employee will receive an explanation for the denial of tuition assistance.

• Funding for each fiscal year will determine whether this program will continue


FEEA Scholarship (Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund) web site

Please feel free to contact HUMAN RESOURCES
with any questions.

last updated: 1/5/2021