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.

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

November 19, 2014 A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

The $1,258 Question

November 13, 2014 The Medicare Part B conundrum for those turning 65.

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

November 12, 2014 OPM vastly overstated increase in employees’ share of premiums, USPS says.

A Little More Cash During Open Season

November 6, 2014 Five ideas for saving yourself some benefits bucks.

Hazardous Housing, Thanksgiving Hardship, Health Insurance Changes and More

November 5, 2014 A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

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

October 31, 2014 Five plans are dropping out of FEHBP, while four new plans are coming in.

Open Season Workshop, TRICARE Blunder, Telework and More

October 29, 2014 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, 2014 A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

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

October 7, 2014 Postal employees' contributions will go up significantly more.

5 Things You Can Change After You Retire

September 25, 2014 In the federal retirement world, “permanent” doesn’t always mean permanent.

Feds Can Now Roll Over Unused Flexible Spending Account Funds

September 5, 2014 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, 2014 As comment period on draft rules ends, union urges OPM to provide access to FEHBP to newly-eligible employees ASAP.

Many Part-Time Feds Will Soon Be Eligible for Federal Health Benefits

July 29, 2014 OPM looks to expand FEHBP coverage.

How Obamacare Could Lead to Better, Cheaper FEHBP Coverage

March 27, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 Updated version of legislation also would establish a new prefunding requirement for workers’ compensation payments.

Congress Cut Its Own Budget. What Happened Next Will Not Restore Your Faith in Government.

January 13, 2014 When you cut their budgets and take away their health insurance, many Capitol Hill employees will look to the exits, and that's bad news for anyone who wants to fix Congress.

2014 Brings More Changes to Federal Pay and Benefits

January 8, 2014 OPM widens debt collection window, eases tenure process and expands health benefits to some interns.

Federal Workers Should Benefit from Flexible Spending Account Changes, Lawmakers Say

December 19, 2013 OPM will decide whether government employees can roll over $500 in unused health FSA funds.

Lawmakers Propose Self Plus One Option for Federal Health Program

December 11, 2013 The bipartisan budget deal includes a provision that expands health coverage choices for federal employees without dependents.

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.

Children of Feds in Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships Can Now Enroll in FEHBP

November 1, 2013 Same-sex domestic partners are still prohibited from coverage, OPM said.

Issa: Let All Americans Into Feds’ Health Plan

October 24, 2013 Oversight committee chairman’s bill would open up FEHBP to all citizens.

Feds Will Pay 4.4 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2014

September 24, 2013 Employee contributions rise faster than government’s share.

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How Does Your Retirement Stack Up Against a Former President’s?

August 30, 2013 News flash: The nation’s former leaders get some perks the average federal employee doesn’t.

USPS Plan to Pull Out of Fed Health Benefits Could Cost Postal Workers

August 19, 2013 Proposal would shift significant costs from USPS to Medicare, GAO says.

Two States Lose Special Treatment Under Fed Health Plans

August 16, 2013 OPM still designates 12 states as ‘medically underserved areas.’

Should Federal Employees Be Forced to Switch Health Plans?

August 2, 2013 Feds get dragged into debate over implementation of Obamacare.

Congressional Staff Will Get Help Paying for Obamacare

August 2, 2013 Government will continue to contribute to congressional health care costs under proposed rule.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

OPM Nominee in Limbo Until Senator Gets Answers on Health Reform

July 31, 2013 Republican wants specifics on how Obamacare will affect congressional staff.

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, introduced the Healthy Competition for Small Business Act.

Lawmaker: Allow Small Businesses to Enroll in Fed Health Plans

July 19, 2013 Bill would give private sector the same options that federal employees have.

Administration Delays Obamacare Employer Mandate

July 3, 2013 Employers don't have to offer their workers health insurance until 2015.

American University students Sharon Burk, left, and Molly Wagner, embrace outside the Supreme Court in Washington.

DOMA Ruling Allows Feds to Share Benefits With Same-Sex Spouses

June 26, 2013 Justice Department to ‘work expeditiously’ to implement Supreme Court ruling.

More Dental, Vision Insurance Choices for Feds

June 21, 2013 OPM will add four carriers to current portfolio.

OPM Proposes Extending Fed Health Benefits to Same Sex Partners

April 11, 2013 The expansion is one of many FEHB changes suggested to lawmakers.

The bill would would provide “the best benefits at the best price,” Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., said.

Bill Aims to Cure Rising Prescription Drug Costs

March 22, 2013 House lawmaker says OPM should have stronger role in regulating costs.

Don't Cancel Your Health Insurance if You're Furloughed

March 21, 2013 Some federal employees apparently are considering doing just that.

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.