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Benefits News

Pension, health care changes key to Senate postal reform plan

The Senate postal reform bill calls on the Office of Personnel Management to change the way it calculates how much the U.S. Postal Service must pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The change could result in a $6 billion surplus for the debt-burdened USPS.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 08:19pm EDT

Electronic identification for veterans

Blake Hall, co-founder of ID.me, will discuss how his company's electronic identification process, is helping veterans get the benefits they have earned.
July 30, 2013

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 09:38pm EDT
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Contractors seek answers on ACA implications for business

Government contractors have more questions than answers regarding how the Affordable Care Act will impact business, and how coverage requirements will inform contract pricing evaluations.

Friday - 07/26/2013, 06:10am EDT
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Special employment and retirement provisions

Bob Braunstein, a federal benefits specialist, explores the special retirement provisions for LEOs, FF, ATC and foreign assignments.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 07:52pm EDT
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Your 'my Social Security'

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security questions.
July 15, 2013

Monday - 07/15/2013, 10:44pm EDT
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Labor's FECA benefits proposal gets push back from House

Members of the House have doubts about the Labor Department's proposal to set a uniform benefit rate for FECA beneficiaries. A GAO study found that such propositions will decrease benefits to injured workers with dependents. FECA benefits would also align more closely with Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) benefits once injured workers reach retirement age.

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 06:56pm EDT

Phased retirement: Is it for you?

Federal benefits expert Bob Braunstein will answer your questions about phased retirment.
July 10, 2013

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:28pm EDT
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OPM encouraging managers to prepare for post-DOMA benefit changes

The Supreme Court struck down parts of DOMA on June 26. Federal managers now must decide how to recognize legal same-sex marriages. Agencies also must update their enrollment systems to include same-sex spouses and their children.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 07:41pm EDT

Self-plus-one health insurance and phased retirement

NARFE legislative director Jessica Klement and Federal Times writer Stephen Losey, join host Mike Causey to talk about the self-plus-one health plan option and the chained CPI.
July 3, 2013 (This show originally aired May 29, 2013)

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 07:07pm EDT
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Phased retirement - the bottom line

Co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan answer your calls and emails about phased retirement.
July 1, 2013

Monday - 07/01/2013, 10:05pm EDT
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TSP takes a tumble in June

Every TSP fund -- with the exception of the ever-reliable government-securities G Fund -- finished last month in negative territory, according to new data from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 02:33pm EDT

Feds in same-sex marriages given 60 days to update benefits

Federal employees in same-sex marriages have until August 26 to make changes to their health and life insurance among other benefits, according to a new memo from acting OPM Director Elaine Kaplan. Same-sex spouses of federal employees are now eligible for coverage under under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), and Federal Long-term Care Insurance.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 06:50pm EDT

Supreme Court's DOMA decision grants thousands of feds access to benefits

With the Supreme Court's overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex spouses of both federal employees and military personnel will be eligible for the same benefits previously only available to opposite-sex couples.

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 07:30pm EDT

The biggest threats to your federal pay and benefits

John Grobe, president of Federal Career Experts, will answer your calls and emails about possible changes to your pay and benefits package.
June 26, 2013(This show originally aired June 12, 2013)

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 06:26pm EDT
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Minding the gap in federal benefits

Tony Vergnetti will hows a roundtable discussion of federal insurance benefits and what you can do to fill any holes in your coverage.
June 21, 2013

Friday - 06/21/2013, 09:31pm EDT
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OPM expanding vision, dental options under FEDVIP next year

OPM is planning to add four new insurance carriers to the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) for 2014. Premium rates and benefits coverage of the new plans would be announced later this year ahead of the annual federal health-insurance Open Season.

Friday - 06/21/2013, 05:18pm EDT

What you need to know about long-term care and retiring happy

On this week's Your Turn program, Mike interviews Paul Forte with Long Term Care Partners and retirement expert Stan Hinden. (This show originally aired June 5, 2013.)

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 04:29pm EDT
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The biggest threats to your federal pay and benefits

John Grobe, president of Federal Career Experts, will answer your calls and emails about possible changes to your pay and benefits package.
June 12, 2013

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 06:26pm EDT
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Court says ex-wife gets man's insurance money

The Supreme Court says a Virginia law can't override a federal employee's decision to make his ex-wife, not his wife, his beneficiary in a federal insurance program.

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 07:44am EDT

Financial awareness NOW!

Host Bob Leins and Certified Financial Planner Karen Schaeffer answer your calls and emails on what to do now to protect your financial assets in the future.
June 3, 2013

Monday - 06/03/2013, 08:41pm EDT
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