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Open Season News

Your health plan and the Nixon curse

Did you ever hear of the Nixon curse? Are you sick of having people push you to shop around for a health insurance plan? If so, rejoice, because Monday is the deadline for picking your 2013 health plan. After that, you won't have all those confusing options to kick around anymore for a long time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 12/07/2012, 02:00am EST

FEHBP open season part 2

Insurance expert Walton Francis will answer your questions and emails about federal benefits.
December 5, 2012

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 08:08pm EST
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Health premiums: It pays to go postal

The health-insurance hunting season ends next Monday. When shopping around, this is a case where it pays to go postal if you can, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 02:00am EST

Insurance options to consider as Open Season draws to a close

Benefits consultant Walton Francis offers top tips for federal employees considering a new health plan. Open Season runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 03:17pm EST
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Reality check: Shop or drop this Open Season

For most federal workers and retirees going over the fiscal cliff in January isn't the problem du jour. If you or a family member gets really sick, or has a serious accident in the new year that is reality, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That, rightly so, will be your No. 1 problem. And whether you come out of it alive and kicking or financially strapped could depend on what you do between now and next Monday.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 02:00am EST

Changes coming in 2013 to flexible spending accounts

As federal employees weigh health plan options during Open Season, federal benefits consultant Ed Zurndorfer advises feds not overlook flexible spending accounts.

Friday - 11/30/2012, 03:13pm EST
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Playing catch-up with health insurance

Long before there was the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, there was the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, which actually became a model for the new health-care law, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 02:00am EST

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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