OPM offers open season crash course

With open season for changing health benefit elections beginning on Nov. 14, federal employees unsure of their options must learn quickly. The Office of Personnel Management will broadcast a series of five webcasts about the open season process, on topics ranging from the dental program to managing Medicare.

Each webcast will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST. OPM already broadcast the first program, an introduction to the Open Season process, on Wednesday. For those who missed it, the clip is available at OPM.gov, or on the agency's YouTube page.

The next webcast will premiere Nov. 8 and discusses the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program.

Think you already know everything there is to know about open season and don't need to tune into the webcasts? You can start by testing your open season knowledge with our brief quiz:

1.) How many plan options can Federal Employees Health Benefits Program participants choose among this open season?

A. 20

B. 153

C. 206

D. 207

2.) True or false: Participants will have fewer plans to choose among than last open season.

3.) Which of these features has not been added to FEHBP?

A. Extended coverage for adult children age 26 or younger

B. Tobacco cessation incentives

C. Preventative screening at no cost to enrollees

D. Buy one, get one free X-rays

4.) True or false: OPM will streamline pharmacy benefit purchasing by negotiating directly on behalf of plan participants.

5.) On average, how much will the amount federal employees pay for health care premiums rise in 2012?

A. 1.8 percent

B. 3.5 percent

C. 25 percent

D. Health care premiums will drop in 2012

6.) How much will the government contribution to premiums increase in 2012?

A. It won't increase

B. 1.2 percent

C. 4 percent

D. 20 percent

7.) True or false: Same-sex domestic partners of federal workers can join FEHBP in 2012.

Click here to view the answers.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.