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

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.

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

January 13 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 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.

. The law resulted from the perception that Harry Truman had endured financial difficulties after he left office.

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.

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.