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4:36 pm, November 20, 2014

Pay and Benefits News

The FEHBP's three prime numbers

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan is a game of numbers. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares which three numbers feds should be focusing on during open season.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:00am EST

Beth Asch, Senior Economist, The RAND Corporation

Retirement benefits in the military have one thing in common with Social Security and Medicare: they're budget time bombs yet no one in Congress has the nerve to touch them. Still, numerous proposals for reforming military compensation have been put forth. One of the most comprehensive comes from the RAND Corporation. Beth Asch is a senior economist at RAND, and she joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how to make military pay less costly and more equitable.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:27am EST
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Save $1,000 next year in FEHBP premiums

Health insurance premiums for white-collar federal workers or government retirees will run anywhere from $1,200 to nearly $6,000 next year. Wouldn't it be nice to save $1,000? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 02:00am EST

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

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

Washington winter weenies' revenge

We "winter weenies" in the D.C. area got some revenge last week as those winter warriors in the Midwest succumbed to an early cold blast. But our time is coming!

Monday - 11/17/2014, 02:00am 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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Postal Service remains financially 'at-risk,' says GAO report

The USPS' ability to carry our its duties and remain financially self-sustaining continues to be at risk, according to a recently released GAO performance audit. Conducted over the past year, GAO's report found that the agency is projecting "unsustainable" losses through 2020.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:39pm 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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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

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress is fairly consuming Washington these days. But the lame-duck Congress returning to Washington today has got to tackle big challenges of its own. So what is on Congress' to-do list? Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:59am EST
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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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Issa, Ryan look to FERS reform

In a letter to the Congressional Budget Office director, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) expressed their interest to revamp the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). NTEU president Colleen Kelley said the reforms would simply raise costs for federal workers.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 11:23am EST

Government not yet brain-dead... but be patient!

The predicted "tsunami" of federal retirees may or may not come. Regardless, if you're planning to retire, you should still take steps to ensure financial security while your retirement is processed, says Federal News Radio's Mike Causey.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 02:00am EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Turbo-charged customer service and some more customized services may be available to Thrift Savings Plan investors in the future. Greg Long, the executive director of the TSP, says the TSP may provide these services -- since they see participants taking all their money out of their accounts when they retire. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what Greg Long is most worried about.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:50pm 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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Young and old feds alike struggle with financial choices

Young feds are too passive; older feds too hasty with their retirement savings, according to Greg Long, executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. He spoke at a meeting Wednesday of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:59pm EST

Lottery tickets or LTC premiums?

Do yourself a favor and think about getting some Long Term Care insurance, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. Your family will thank you.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:00am EST

TSP funds on the rise in October

All TSP funds, except for the I fund, posted positive results for the month of October, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 10:19am EST
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