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Benefits News

Sequestration and health care

Host Mike Causey will discuss the potential impact of sequestration with Janet Kopenhaver from Federally Employed Women, and Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times.
September 26, 2012

Wednesday - 09/26/2012, 09:24pm EDT
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Health premiums, unions & politics

Federal workers got their first good news in four years last week. But it is hard to find anybody dancing in the street over news that their health premiums are only going up a little, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 09/25/2012, 02:00am EDT

Health plans: The law of averages

When shopping for your family's 2013 federal health plan, even as you enter year three of a pay freeze, there are a couple of things to keep in mind, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 09/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

Premiums for federal health plan set to increase 3.4 percent

The Office of Personnel Management announced 2013 premiums for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program are set to increase 3.4 percent. That's slightly below last year's increase of 3.8 percent, which had been the lowest since 2008. In 2010, premiums rose 7.3 percent.

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 01:23pm EDT

Retirement, sequestration, and more

NARFE Director of Benefit Services David Snell and Steve Watkins and Sean Reilly of the Federal Times will talk about issues that could affect your retirement.
September 19, 2012

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 06:47pm EDT
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Pay and Benefits Tracker

Congress is turning to federal pay and benefits to find cost savings. To sort out all the proposals for you, Federal News Radio compiled a list of the bills that could affect your compensation. This list will be updated regularly with status changes and the addition of new bills.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 02:09am EDT

No pay raise but maybe a COLA?

What's the difference between a pay raise for active-duty federal workers and a cost-of-living adjustment for retirees and Social Security beneficiaries? This time around it's about 1.38 percent, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. So who's the winner?

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 02:00am EDT

Pay freeze/pay cut/tax hike - then it gets worse!

Looking for something to take your mind off the pending pay freeze extension? If so, consider the prospect of higher taxes, lower take-home pay and higher health insurance premiums, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 09/14/2012, 02:00am EDT

Feds work a month less per year than private sector, Heritage report finds

The report found federal employees work on average of 38.7 hours a week, compared with 41.4 hours per week in the private sector. That difference adds up to 3.8 fewer weeks per year feds work.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 10:30am EDT

Disability and disability benefits

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist at the Social Security Administration, explains the disability application process and answer your questions about benefits.
September 10, 2012

Monday - 09/10/2012, 07:15pm EDT
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Health premium surprise

With pay frozen and pensions threatened, federal workers and retirees have been waiting for the next shoe to drop the what's-next moment. But it could be good news for a change, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, like changes to your health insurance package.

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

When a "COLA" is not a "COLA"

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein and host Bob Leins discuss in detail the pay adjustment system for feds and retirees.
August 27, 2012

Monday - 08/27/2012, 10:49pm EDT
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Legislative roundup: What feds should expect when Congress returns to work

Jenny Mattingley hosts of roundtable discussion of legislation pending in Congress that affect federal workers.
August 24, 2012

Friday - 08/24/2012, 11:07pm EDT
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The "best of" your questions, part 3

Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan discuss the "best of" subjects brought up during recent seminars.
August 20, 2012

Monday - 08/20/2012, 06:39pm EDT
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Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

A bill being considered in the Senate would expand the VA's medical benefits package to cover veterans, and their spouses or surrogates.

Monday - 08/20/2012, 06:00am EDT

The Perfect Score: Supporting Small Businesses to Achieve 100% Adoption of Direct Deposit via ACH

Studies have shown that Direct Deposit via ACH use in the U.S. is approximately 75 percent. Direct Deposit is simple, safe, smart, and environmentally friendly, so why are a quarter of Americans still receiving paper checks? In many cases, the answer is surprising - it's because the employer doesn't offer it. Two-thirds of small businesses in the United States don't offer Direct Deposit to their employees. Small businesses in the United States are growing - paying 43 percent of total U.S. private payroll - and these employers have customized needs. More work is needed to help them better understand the role Direct Deposit can play in simplifying their business practices and creating an employee benefit. Panel representatives will discuss this "last mile" in Direct Deposit adoption, efforts to engage small business owners and employees, and what opportunities exist for them in participating in Direct Deposit via ACH.

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 04:56pm EDT
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Federal Pay: Misteakes Wuz Made

Are the experts doing all those federal pay studies working from the same database and on the same page? Or are they even on the same planet, which would explain why you are either overpaid 50 percent in one study or underpaid at least 20 percent in another, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 02:00am EDT

Answers to your long-term care insurance questions

Mary Lou McGuinness, director of care coordination for Long Term Care Partners, discusses who needs long-term care insurance and the policy options that are available.
August 6, 2012

Monday - 08/06/2012, 06:20pm EDT
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Calm Before The Storm

August is hot in DC, Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis and Cincinnati and lots of other places too. But those of us inside the Beltway get a break you don't...that's because for the next month...until after Labor Day, tens of thousands of the people who at times make this such a toxic town are away back with the folks who sent them here in the first place.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

Enforcement of SCRA results in expansive settlement with national lender

A recently announced consent decree between Capitol One and the Justice Department is the most sweeping settlement as the Justice Department ramps up enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Friday - 08/03/2012, 09:09pm EDT
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