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Open Season News

PMS season hits government

Be careful. Be very careful. The PMS season for government workers is about to spike, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And you know what that means.

Monday - 11/28/2011, 02:00am EST

FEHBP best buys, feds' future after supercommittee

Health insurance expert Walton Francis joins host Mike Causey on today's program. He will help you navigate the "best buys" for singles, couples, large families, retirees with and without Medicare, and people who are taking risks by using their private sector spouses health plan.

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 11:39pm EST
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FEHBP + Medicare Part B can be 'political insurance'

Federal employees turning 65 might be wondering: Do I get Medicare Part B coverage in addition to my federal health plan?

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 05:59pm EST

FEHBP Best Buys

Over the next few days you should stuff yourself with good food and knowledge. You've got the eating part right and we can help with good ideas, especially while you are shopping for your 2012 health plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 02:00am EST

Long term care and health care for feds

Hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan is joined by Paul Forte and Beth O'Brien of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program and Aetna's Sally Scanlan and Alexis Meier.
November 21, 2011

Monday - 11/21/2011, 09:05pm EST
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The lull before Thanksgiving

Most federal workers and retirees aren't going to spend a lot of time this week worrying about their 2012 health plan. But next week, after the guilt of Thankgiving, you should get serious about what could be the most important financial decision you will make this year, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 11/21/2011, 02:02am EST

Tips for choosing the right health plan during Open Season

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, Colleen Murphy, executive for PlanSmartChoice, and Walton Francis, editor of the Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees discuss the 2011 Open Season.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 01:59pm EST
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Open Season explainer: Flexible spending vs. health savings account

Ed Zurndorfer, a registered employee benefit consultant, joined Federal Drive to talk about what to look for in health savings accounts and flexible spending.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 10:33am EST
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When dull is good

If you are a long time federal or postal worker you may have noticed this is the dullest health insurance open season in decades. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that's a good thing...

Friday - 11/18/2011, 02:15am EST

Dump day delayed?

Today, according to some folks, is Dump Day. It's the deadline for either calling it quits with your spouse, partner, betrothed or significant other or sticking with them at least until next year. Fortunately for feds, the D-day decision for your health plan is not until mid-December.

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 02:00am EST

FEHBP open season

Host Mike Causey is joined by Walton Francis, author of "The Checkbook Guide to Health Plans," to talk about what's the best health plan for you and your family.
November 16, 2011

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 08:48pm EST
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As open season kicks off, OPM uses Web to get word out

Shirley Patterson, the assistant director of federal employee insurance options at OPM, told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris the agency turned to a new channel of communication to get the word out this year: webcasts.

Monday - 11/14/2011, 08:23am EST
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Open season, Medicare part B, and job cuts

Host Mike Causey will talk about the big issues facing federal employees with NARFE's David Snell and Federal Times staff writer Stephen Losey.
November 9, 2011

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 09:50pm EST
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Tips to jumpstart your Open Season strategy

Benefits expert Tammy Flanagan joined In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 06:43pm EDT
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Open season demystified: Tips for making smart choices

Registered employee benefit consultant Ed Zurndorfer, a registered employee benefits consultant, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris with tips for making the best decisions.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 10:16am EDT
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OPM launches 2011 Open Season webcasts

The Office of Personnel Management debuts a series of webcasts to educate federal employees about the Open Season process.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 04:45pm EDT

Health insurance Open Season means 'homework' for feds

Federal benefits specialist Ann Vanderslice joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the various plans the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 10:04am EDT
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Taxes, benefits, longterm care, and annuity checks

If you're a federal employee with questions about taxes or benefits, you'll want to listen to this show.
February 7, 2011

Monday - 02/07/2011, 04:12am EST
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Causey with last-minute open season tips

Federal News Radio senior correspondent Mike Causey offers some last-minute tips for open season.

Monday - 12/13/2010, 05:00pm EST
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Health Premiums: When Expensive is Still Cheap

Buying a health plan simply because it has low premiums can be a big mistake unless: you have been dropped from your parents federal health plan; you are the ex-spouse of a federal worker or retiree or you are currently piggybacking on your nonfederal spouses health insurance. In that case, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, expensive can still be cheap.

Wednesday - 12/08/2010, 04:00am EST
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