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Open Season News

FEHBP open season

Walton Francis, author of the Consumer's Checkbook Guide to Federal Health Plans, will provide tips on what to look for when choosing your health benefits.
November 28, 2012

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 12:08am EST
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The end is near, seriously!

Not to put a damper on things but you have less than two weeks to pick your health plan and less than a month until the end of the world. We can help you big time with the first deadline, but when it comes to the Mayan calendar warnings, you are on your own, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 02:00am EST

Jimmy Choo at Payless Shoes?

Wouldn't it be great if you could get Jimmy Choo shoes or Savile Row suits at Payless Shoes or Wal-Mart? The hitch is you can't, and it's a reality federal workers and retirees need to consider when picking their 2013 health plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 11/27/2012, 02:00am EST

Two's a couple, three's a family!

Whether your family consists of just a husband or you have 18 dependents, a family is a family as far as Uncle Sam is concerned. And that ticks off couples who resent paying the same health premiums as those charged a large family, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is that right?

Monday - 11/26/2012, 02:00am EST

Your other health plan option - failure

In inspirational movies, a heroic general often says things like, "failure is not an option." And that's silly, of course, because failure is always an option and that's especially true for millions of current and former federal workers - some of whom are sleepwalking their way through the health insurance hunting season, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 02:00am EST

Health insurance and the single life

When it comes to picking a federal health plan, two cannot live as cheaply as one - you want to be the Lone Ranger, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 02:00am EST

Aetna options for FEHB during Open Season

Tom Bernatavitz, senior vice president and head of federal plans for Aetna, talks about the federal employee health benefit options that his company is offering.
November 19, 2012

Monday - 11/19/2012, 02:07am EST
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Health premiums - Some agencies provide missing link

What do the Office of Personnel Management, the General Services Administration and the Defense Intelligence Agency have in common? Although their missions are very different, they are among the 40-plus agencies that are shelling out time and money to make it easier for their employees to pick the best health plan for 2013.

Monday - 11/19/2012, 02:00am EST

Open season, Medicare part B, Petraeus, & sequestration

Federal health benefits expert Walton Francis will talk about FEHBP open season, and Federal Times reporter Sean Reilly will discuss sequestration and other issues affecting federal workers.
November 14, 2012

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 06:09pm EST
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Pick a health plan: Monkey, goldfish or you?

There are several ways to select your 2013 federal health plan: You can do nothing, and stay where you are. You can let your pet chimp or clever goldfish make the selection. Or, you can do a little homework and save yourself $1,000 or more next year. It's your call, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 02:11pm EST

A guide to the federal health plans for Open Season

Walton Francis, editor of the Checkbook Guide to the Health Plans for Federal Employee, answers your questions about health care benefits and costs.
November, 12, 2012

Monday - 11/12/2012, 06:51pm EST
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Tips for Open Season 2013

Benefits consultants Walton Francis and Ed Zurndorfer offer top tips for federal employees considering a new health plan. Open Season runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.

Monday - 11/12/2012, 12:43pm EST
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Medicare Part B and the presidential election

NARFE's David Snell joins host Mike Causey to talk about best health care buys for federal retirees. Sean Reilly from the Federal Times will discuss the presidential election and its impact on feds.
November 7, 2012

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 08:18pm EST
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Open Season with FSAFEDS

Bart Turney from FSAFEDS discusses the benefits of flexible spending accounts.
November 5, 2012

Monday - 11/05/2012, 11:46pm EST
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Health, life insurance & a shrinking tax break

Health insurance is a must-have item for everybody. But there is more than health insurance at issue during the big benefits hunting season that kicks off Nov.12 and runs through Dec. 10. Sleep through it at your peril, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

OPM details 2013 health plan premium increases

Federal employees will see a slight increase averaging 3.4 percent in what they pay towards their 2013 health plan premiums.

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 09:41am EDT

Financial planning & long term care

Host Mike Causey will talk estate planning with attorney Tom O'Rourke, and long term care with Paul Forte and Mary Lou McGuiness of Long Term Care Partners.
June 27, 2012(Encore presentation July 4, 2012)

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 09:13pm EDT
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Retirement and insurance

Joan Melanson from Long Term Care Partners and retirement benefits specialist James Marshall will talk about the retirement and insurance options that feds should consider.
May 18, 2012

Friday - 05/18/2012, 08:40pm EDT
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Long term care insurance and more

Host Mike Causey is joined by Federal Times Senior Writer Stephen Losey and Paul Forte and Mary Lou McGuiness with Long Term Care Partners.
May 9, 2012

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 09:49pm EDT
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DoJ reduces FOIA backlog by 26 percent

The Department of Justice has decreased its backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests and processed a record number of requests.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 09:19am EST
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