Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
Shows & Panels
Monday marks last day of open season 2010
Tuesday - 12/7/2010, 3:12pm EST
Do open season research in ten minutes or less
Federal employees only need to spend ten minutes today at www.plansmartchoice.com, said Colleen Murphy, president and CEO of Asparity Decision Solutions.
The website has a medical cost calculator that tells federal employees their health care costs based on number of doctor visits, prescription drugs, surgery and other factors for each member of your family, Murphy said.
This year 80,000 federal employees have used the website, Murphy said. The site also provides information on flexible spending accounts, she said.
Murphy warns that premiums alone should not be the deciding factor for a health plan decision.
"The plan with the lowest premium could end up being the most expensive for you if you take into account your usage of medical services as well as your medical expenses," Murphy said.
Vision care part of overall health
Because of the "diagnostic component" of an eye exam, vision care plays an important role in overall health care, said Al Schubert, Division Vice-President, Managed Care and Health Policy, VSP, Vision Care for Federal Employees. VSP provides affordable eye care coverage nationwide and more for the federal employee.
Enrolling in a vision plan through FEDVIP and setting up payroll deductions is "extremely simple," Schubert said.
Schubert said employees already enrolled in a vision plan should use their benefits and get an exam every year.
Employees may not consider enrolling in vision coverage until they notice something wrong with their eyes. But Schubert recommends enrolling early, even for children.
Children "can still benefit from a comprehensive eye exam and make sure medically there's nothing else happening associated with their eyes," Schubert said.