OPM launches 2011 Open Season webcasts

By Michael O’Connell
Web Editor
Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management kicked off a series of webcasts on Wednesday, Nov. 2, designed to educate federal employees and retirees on the Open Season process. This year’s open season runs from Nov.14-Dec. 12, 2011, when feds can update their health plans.

The webcasts cover a range of topics, including “Introduction to Open Season,” “Do I have the Right Health Benefits Program?” and “The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program.”

The one-hour webcasts begin at 1:30 p.m. EST. Viewers will need a broadband (high-speed) Internet connection and a Windows Media Player 9.x or higher to view the webcasts. OPM urges employees watching at work to view the webcasts in a central location due to bandwidth issues.

The webcast stream will be available 24 hours before the webcast is scheduled to begin. Webcasts can also be viewed with captioning.

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OPM is also offering recordings of the webcasts for those who can’t view them live.

The following is a schedule of the Open Season webcasts:

Wednesday, Nov. 2
1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
Topic: Introduction to Open Season

Tuesday, Nov. 8
1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
Topic: Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)

Thursday, Nov.10
1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
Topic: Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFEDS)

Tuesday, Nov. 15
1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
Topic: Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB): Do I have the Right Health Plan?

Thursday, Nov. 17
1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
Topic: Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHB)

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