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Benefits News

The joys and sorrows of shopping naked

Open season is upon us. That's the annual period when federal employees get the chance to change their health plans. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the vast majority of them -- 96 percent -- don't take advantage of this opportunity and may be losing out on considerable savings.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 02:00am EST

Open Season and Walton Francis

Insurance expert and author Walton Francis answers your questions about FEHBP Open Season.
November 10, 2014

Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:13pm EST
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Are you in the wrong health care plan?

Health plan expert Walton Francis says that about half of all federal employees are paying too much for heath care. Now that it's Open Season, feds have a chance to turn that around.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:59pm EST
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Long term care & the 2014 election

Host Mike Causey interviews Joan Melanson with Long Term Care Partners about the federal long term care program, and Federal Times senior writer Andy Medici will tell us what the election results mean for feds.
November 5, 2014

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 05:23pm EST
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Young and old feds alike struggle with financial choices

Young feds are too passive; older feds too hasty with their retirement savings, according to Greg Long, executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. He spoke at a meeting Wednesday of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:59pm EST

The way it was and the way it is on Capitol Hill

Maryland Congressman Frank Wolf and Janet Kopenhaver with Federally Employed Women join host Mike Causey to talk about what's ahead for Congress and feds.
October 29, 2014

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 05:45pm EDT

Investment king tells TSP Board: Feds are in good shape for retirement

Larry Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock, spoke at a meeting Monday of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which administers the Thrift Savings Plan.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Federal workers: All I want for Christmas is a long weekend

A WhiteHouse.gov petition asks President Barack Obama to grant government employees off the Friday after Christmas, creating a four-day weekend.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 03:10pm EDT

Online Chat: Ask the Benefits Expert

Benefits expert David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joins Federal News Radio's Mike Causey for an online chat about Open Season and federal benefits.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 11:00am EDT

Federal retirees to receive 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015

This is the third year in a row that cost-of-living adjustments for federal retirees, Social Security recipients and disabled veterans will be less than 2 percent.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 08:01am EDT

IRS Commissioner pushes Congress for mass-transit decision

In a letter to leaders in the House and Senate tax commitees, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen reminded Congress of the importance to make a firm decision on whether to extend a mass-transit subsidy before November.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 11:36am EDT

When is the best day for you to retire?

The NITP's Tammy Flanagan will discuss the best days to retire and Andy Medici with the Federal Times new problems at the VA, and the high cost of workers compensation.
October 8, 2014

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 06:54pm EDT
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NARFE finds votes impacting feds, retirees 'more polarized than ever'

Vermont and Rhode Island lawmakers were among those in Congress who consistently voted in favor of federal workers and retirees, according to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association's latest scorecard.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 10:34am EDT

Pay, pensions, premiums. Going up!

Pay, pensions and health insurance premiums are all going up in the next several months. But definitely not at the same rate, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. White collar workers know what their January 2015 raise will be. But the cost of living adjustment for retirees is still to be decided, and new (and in some cases higher) health premiums will be unveiled in October.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

New, standardized VA forms aim to speed up disability claims process

The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to introduce new, standardized disability claims forms to help streamline the claims process. The goal is to make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state their claims and also provide necessary documentation.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Is phased retirement a good option for you?

Host Mike Causey discusses the new phased retirement option with NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan.
September 24, 2014 (This show originally aired Sept. 10, 2014.)

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 12:28pm EDT

What's not to like about the TSP?

AARP financial writer Allan Roth joins host Mike Causey to talk about the thrift savings plan and what you should think about when considering an investment.
September 17, 2014

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 06:44pm EDT
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Is phased retirement a good option for you?

Host Mike Causey discusses the new phased retirement option with NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan.
September 10, 2014

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 09:28pm EDT

Are you eligible for phased retirement?

FederalNewsRadio.com writer/editor Shefali Kapadia joins host Mike Causey to talk about phased retirement, and Jenny Mattingley, director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth will discuss the upcoming federal pay raise and the possibility of a government shutdown.
September 3, 2014

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 08:57pm EDT

Phased retirement and financial awareness

Federal benefits expert Ray Kirk gives his thoughts on OPM's phased retirement guidelines and what they mean for you.
September 1, 2014

Monday - 09/01/2014, 09:54pm EDT
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