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Private, Not-for-profit
Industry Health Insurance, Dental Insurance
Founded Kansas City, Missouri (1937 (1937))
Founder Railway Mail Clerks
Headquarters Lee's Summit, Missouri
Area served
Key people
Julie Browne, President
Products Preferred provider organization (PPO), High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), Connection Dental
Number of employees
Subsidiaries PPO USA, Inc. • Surety Life

GEHA (Government Employees Health Association) is a self-insured, not-for-profit association providing health and dental plans to federal employees and retirees and their families through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

GEHA provides benefits to nearly 1.8 million people worldwide.

The company currently offers traditional fee-for-service health plan options with a preferred provider organization (PPO) along with a high deductible health plan (HDHP) that can be paired with a health savings account (HSA). On the dental side, GEHA offers two options under the Connection Dental Federal FEDVIP plan.

In 2006, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) chose GEHA as one of a select number of companies to offer supplemental benefits to federal employees under the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

GEHA has two subsidiaries: PPO USA Inc. and Surety Life. PPO USA was formed in 1997 to market the following products outside federal markets: Connection Dental® Network, Connection Vision® powered by EyeMed, and Connection Hearing® by HearPO. GEHA acquired Surety Life in 2012, giving GEHA flexibility to offer additional products to existing and new customers.

Company profile[edit]


Photo of a Railway Mail Service clerk at work on the Chicago and North Western.
Demo of the mail hook pulling a mail bag on Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad #1923 at the Illinois Railway Museum.

GEHA traces its roots to 1937, when the Railway Mail Hospital Association was formed in Kansas City, Missouri, to help provide U.S. Railway Mail Service clerks with assistance for their medical expenses.[1][2] Twenty years later, the company expanded its scope to offer health insurance benefits to federal employees and retirees from all agencies and branches of government. In 1964, the company officially became known as the Government Employees Hospital Association. In 2007, the organization changed its name to Government Employees Health Association.[citation needed]

GEHA was one of the first insurance carriers eligible to provide coverage to federal employees under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959. The FEHBP contracts with several hundred health insurance plans to provide coverage for more than 8 million federal enrollees and dependents, including retirees.[citation needed]

Evolution of the company name[edit]

The company's name has changed six times since its founding in 1937:

  • 1937: Railway Mail Hospital Association
  • 1950: Postal Transport Hospital Association
  • 1958: Federal Postal Hospital Association
  • 1964: Federal Employees Hospital Association
  • 1965: Government Employees Hospital Association
  • 2007: Government Employees Health Association

Key people[edit]

These are the people who have served as GEHA's president over time:

  • 1938-1948: Walter C. Tuchfarber
  • 1948-1975: Charles L. Massie
  • 1975-1988: Raymond E. Rowland
  • 1988-1992: James R. Cantrell
  • 1993–2015: Richard G. Miles
  • 2015–present: Julie Browne


  1. ^ Federal Diary Live
  2. ^ "The Sharing Economy". Retrieved 11 August 2016.