Historical and Revision Notes


U.S. Code

Revised Statutes and

Statutes at Large


5 U.S.C. 3003.

Sept. 28, 1959, Pub. L. 86–382, § 4, 73 Stat. 711.


July 8, 1963, Pub. L. 88–59, § 1(b), 77 Stat. 77.

Standard changes are made to conform with the definitions applicable and the style of this title as outlined in the preface to the report.


1998—Par. (1). Pub. L. 105–266 substituted “plan, which may be underwritten by participating affiliates licensed in any number of States,” for “plan,”.

1988—Par. (1). Pub. L. 100–654 substituted “former spouses, or persons having continued coverage under section 8905a of this title,” for “or former spouses,” and “former spouse, or person having continued coverage under section 8905a of this title.” for “or former spouse.”

1986—Par. (4)(A). Pub. L. 99–251, § 102, amended second sentence generally, substituting “at least 3 physicians” for “physicians representing at least three major medical specialties” and inserted “and who represent 1 or more medical specialties appropriate and necessary for the population proposed to be served by the plan”.

Par. (4)(C). Pub. L. 99–251, § 111, added subpar. (C).

1985—Par. (3). Pub. L. 99–53 inserted “described in section 8901(8)(A) of this title” after “employee organizations”.

1984—Par. (1). Pub. L. 98–615, § 3(3), substituted “employees, annuitants, members of their families, or former spouses” for “employees or annuitants, or members of their families” and “employee, annuitant, family member, or former spouse” for “employee or annuitant or member of his family”.

1978—Pub. L. 95–454 substituted “Office of Personnel Management” and “Office” for “Civil Service Commission” and “Commission”, respectively, wherever appearing.

Effective Date of 1988 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 100–654 applicable with respect to any calendar year beginning, and contracts entered into or renewed for any calendar year beginning, after end of 9-month period beginning Nov. 14, 1988, and with respect to any qualifying event occurring on or after first day of first calendar year beginning after end of such 9-month period, see section 203 of Pub. L. 100–654, set out as a note under section 8902 of this title.

Effective Date of 1984 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 98–615 effective May 7, 1985, with enumerated exceptions, and applicable to any individual who is married to an employee or annuitant on or after that date, see section 4(a)(2) of Pub. L. 98–615, as amended, set out as a note under section 8341 of this title.

Effective Date of 1978 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 95–454 effective 90 days after Oct. 13, 1978, see section 907 of Pub. L. 95–454, set out as a note under section 1101 of this title.