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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1987

PUBLIC LAW 100-204—DEC. 22, 1987

101 STAT. 1371

complete with any supporting documentation which the Secretary may by regulation require, within 30 months after the effective date of this section. The Secretary may waive the 30-month application requirement under this subparagraph in any case in which the Secretary determines that the circumstances so warrant. "(B) Upon approval of an application provided under subparan,,. graph (A), the appropriate survivor annuity shall be payable to the former spouse with respect to all periods before such approval during which the former spouse was entitled to such annuity under this section, but in no event shall a survivor annuity be payable under this section with respect to any period before the effective date of this section. "(e) The Secretary shall— "(1) as soon as possible, but not later than 60 days after the Regulations, effective date of this section, issue such regulations as may be necessary to carry out this section; and "(2) to the extent practicable, and as soon as possible, inform each individual who was a former spouse of a participant or former participant on February 14, 1981, of any rights which such individual may have under this section. "(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to impair, reduce, or otherwise affect the annuity or the entitlement to an annuity of a participant or former participant under this chapter. "SEC. 832. HEALTH BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN FORMER SPOUSES.

22 USC 4069c.

"(a) Except as provided in subsection (c)(1), any individual— "(1) formerly married to an employee or former employee of the Foreign Service, whose marriage was dissolved by divorce or annulment before May 7, 1985; "(2) who, at any time during the 18-month period before the divorce or annulment became final, was covered under a health benefits plan as a member of the family of such employee or former employee; and "(3) who was married to such employee for not less than 10 years during periods of government service by such employee, is eligible for coverage under a health benefits plan in accordance with the provisions of this section. "(b)(1) Any individual eligible for coverage under subsection (a) Regulations. may enroll in a health benefits plan for self alone or for self and family if, before the expiration of the 6-month period beginning on the effective date of this section, and in accordance with such procedures as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall by regulation prescribe, such individual— "(A) files an election for such enrollment; and "(B) arranges to pay currently into the Employees Health Benefits Fund under section 8909 of title 5, United States Code, an amount equal to the sum of the employee and agency contributions payable in the case of an employee enrolled under chapter 89 of such title in the same health benefits plan and with the same level of benefits. "(2) The Secretary shall, as soon as possible, take all steps practicable— "(A) to determine the identity and current address of each former spouse eligible for coverage under subsection (a); and "(B) to notify each such former spouse of that individual's rights under this section.