health insurance

  • FEHB premiums to increase by 7.2 percent in 2011

    OPM said the rise in costs is lower than the industry standard. Employees who choose family coverage will see an increase of $22.90 a month. Open season starts Nov. 8.

  • OPM urges FEHB wellness, prevention programs

    The Office of Personnel Management is calling for federal employee health insurance carriers to propose more wellness and prevention programs.

  • What’s happening to your pay, benefits, retirement?

    Multiple proposals being discussed by Congress and the White House would affect feds’ pay and benefits. Host Mike Causey is joined by Steve Losey and Steve Watkins of the Federal Times to discuss what might be coming down the road. May 25, 2011

  • Feds’ health premiums to increase 3.8 percent

    Federal employees will see an average of 3.8 percent increase in healthcare premiums in 2012, the lowest rate hike since 2008 and about half of last year’s increase. On average, enrollees with self-only coverage will pay $2.32 more per bi-weekly pay period, and enrollees with family coverage will pay $6.18 more, the Office of Personnel Management said.

  • A dose of Medicare Part B with your FEHBP? Who gets a COLA in 2012?

    David Snell is the retirement benefits expert with NARFE.

  • High-priced health plans ailing

    After years of being asleep at the health-insurance switch, it appears that many federal workers and retirees are actually doing more than complaining about higher premiums, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Open season demystified: Tips for making smart choices

    Registered employee benefit consultant Ed Zurndorfer, a registered employee benefits consultant, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris with tips for making the best decisions.

  • As open season kicks off, OPM uses Web to get word out

    Shirley Patterson, the assistant director of federal employee insurance options at OPM, told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris the agency turned to a new channel of communication to get the word out this year: webcasts.

  • Dump day delayed?

    Today, according to some folks, is Dump Day. It’s the deadline for either calling it quits with your spouse, partner, betrothed or significant other or sticking with them at least until next year. Fortunately for feds, the D-day decision for your health plan is not until mid-December.

  • When dull is good

    If you are a long time federal or postal worker you may have noticed this is the dullest health insurance open season in decades. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that’s a good thing…