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3:36 am, December 22, 2014

Benefits News

Reaction to President Obama's meeting with the SES

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, will give her thoughts on President Barack Obama's speech to members of the Senior Executives Service.
December 17, 2014

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 07:13pm EST

401(k) shakeup coming?

Federal and postal investors are entitled to feel a little bit smug as they follow what could be a landmark pension management case involving one of the nation's biggest firms. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says so can the people who set up and run the federal Thrift Savings Plan.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:00am EST

Planning for several reasons

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein discusses year-end planning and benefit opportunities in 2015.
December 15, 2014

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:25pm EST
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Last day to make a sound decision

For Your Benefit co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan answer questions about health benefit plans on this last day of Open Season.
December 8, 2014

Monday - 12/08/2014, 10:40pm EST
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Walton Francis and FEHBP open season

Walton Francis, author of the Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, answers your calls and emails about health plans available during FEHBP open season.
December 3, 2014

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:58pm EST

Open Season continues with Kaiser Permanente

This week on the For Your Benefit radio show, hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan welcome John Patrick, FEHB director for Kaiser Permanente for the Maryland/Washington, D.C./Virginia region to the show. This is the latest in our series of weekly shows devoted to the range of health insurance plans available to feds during Open Season.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:15am EST
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Open Season continues with AETNA Federal Plans

Tom Bernatavitz, vice president of Aetna Federal Plans, joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to talk about Aetna health care plans that are available to feds during Open Season.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 09:41pm EST
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Which health insurance plan is the best one for you?

Walton Francis, author of the Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees will answer your questions about FEHBP open season.
November 18, 2014 (Encore presentation November 26, 2014)

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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Open season continues with SAMBA and FLTCIP

SAMBA executive director Walt Wilson, deputy executive director Pam Cummings, and Joan Melanson with Long Term Care Partners, will discuss the insurance options for federal employees during open season.
November 17, 2014

Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:59pm EST
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Can new investment options keep people in the TSP?

In a bid to keep more people participating in the Thrift Savings Plan even after they leave the government, members of the plan's oversight board have approved a million-dollar-plus study of new investment options, including mutual funds that focus on real estate, emerging markets and socially responsible companies.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 02:55pm EST

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Open season 2014 is underway. Feds who turn 65 next year are facing a decision whether or not to enroll in Medicare Part B. If they enroll, they'll be paying an additional $1,200 on top of what they already pay for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the pros and cons of enrolling in Part B.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:24pm EST
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Caped Crusader confesses all

Holy Open Season! Senior Correspondent Mike Causey takes a look in the mirror and finds a run in his superhero tights.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 02:00am EST

Art Stein, Certified Financial Planner

Cold temperatures have arrived and with them, the season to think about holiday plans. But you should also start thinking about your investment strategies for 2015 and beyond. Art Stein is a certified financial planner and investment manager. He has long experience with federal employees and their particular concerns. Stein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for dealing with the Thrift Savings Plan and other matters.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:03pm EST
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Good news/bad news about your health plan

It's your usual good news/bad news situation when it comes to open season for feds choosing which health plans make the most sense and save the most money for them, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:00am EST

FEHBP open season with Walton Francis

Walton Francis, author of the CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, will answer your calls and emails about FEHBP open season.
November 12, 2014

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:40pm EST

Online Chat: Ask the Open Season Expert

Walton Francis, author of the annual Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees & Annuitants, joins Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey for an online chat to discuss this year's Open Season.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 11:00am EST

The joys and sorrows of shopping naked

Open season is upon us. That's the annual period when federal employees get the chance to change their health plans. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the vast majority of them -- 96 percent -- don't take advantage of this opportunity and may be losing out on considerable savings.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 02:00am EST

Open Season and Walton Francis

Insurance expert and author Walton Francis answers your questions about FEHBP Open Season.
November 10, 2014

Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:13pm EST
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Are you in the wrong health care plan?

Health plan expert Walton Francis says that about half of all federal employees are paying too much for heath care. Now that it's Open Season, feds have a chance to turn that around.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:59pm EST
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Long term care & the 2014 election

Host Mike Causey interviews Joan Melanson with Long Term Care Partners about the federal long term care program, and Federal Times senior writer Andy Medici will tell us what the election results mean for feds.
November 5, 2014

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 05:23pm EST
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