OPM launches 2011 Open Season webcasts

Wednesday - 11/2/2011, 4:45pm EDT

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.

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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