SPECIAL REPORT

Open Season 2012

It’s time again to think about whether you are enrolled in the health insurance plan that best fits your needs. If you aren’t, then you will have a chance to make adjustments to your Federal Employees Health Benefits Program elections from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. Our guide provides resources to help you navigate this open season.
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SPECIAL REPORT

Expanding Death Benefits, Cutting Pensions, Extra Holiday Time and More

November 19 A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

The $1,258 Question

November 13 The Medicare Part B conundrum for those turning 65.

Postal Employees’ Health Care Costs Will Rise Far Less Than Originally Estimated

November 12 OPM vastly overstated increase in employees’ share of premiums, USPS says.

A Little More Cash During Open Season

November 6 Five ideas for saving yourself some benefits bucks.

Hazardous Housing, Thanksgiving Hardship, Health Insurance Changes and More

November 5 A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

More than 25,000 Feds Will Have to Switch Health Plans in 2015

October 31 Five plans are dropping out of FEHBP, while four new plans are coming in.

Open Season Workshop, TRICARE Blunder, Telework and More

October 29 A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

It's time for your flu shot.

Health Care Scam, Scholarships, Flu Shots and More

October 22 A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

Feds Will Pay 3.8 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2015

October 7 Postal employees' contributions will go up significantly more.

5 Things You Can Change After You Retire

September 25 In the federal retirement world, “permanent” doesn’t always mean permanent.

Feds Can Now Roll Over Unused Flexible Spending Account Funds

September 5 OPM allows eligible participants in the health care FSA to carry up to $500 into the next plan year.

Temp Feds Are One Step Closer to Health Insurance

August 28 As comment period on draft rules ends, union urges OPM to provide access to FEHBP to newly-eligible employees ASAP.

How Obamacare Could Lead to Better, Cheaper FEHBP Coverage

March 27 Keeping federal employees healthy is in the nation’s best interest, OPM director tells insurance providers.

OPM Sets Date for Self Plus One Health Coverage

March 25 Feds will have to wait until 2016 to exercise the option.

Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del.

Postal Reform Bill Would Create New Health Care Plan for Agency

January 28 Updated version of legislation also would establish a new prefunding requirement for workers’ compensation payments.

Open Season Begins for 8 Million Federal Health Care Participants

November 12, 2013 Federal employees and retirees have one month to make changes to their elections.

Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, opposes benefit reductions for federal employees.

Democrats: Leave federal employee health plan out of deficit deal

November 16, 2012 Simpson-Bowles, CBO and Ryan budget, however, point to federal benefits for potential savings.

Open season kicks off

November 12, 2012 Feds can switch health insurance plans through Dec. 10.

OPM to post videos, webcasts to help feds with open season benefits choices

November 2, 2012 The materials cover health care plans, flexible spending accounts and more.