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Open Season News

What You Need to Know During Open Season

Walt Francis, editor of the Washington Consumers' Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, joins host Bill Bransford to talk about the FEHBP open season.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 07:54pm EST

Open Season creates opportunities for tax savings

Ed Zurndorfer, a registered employees benefits consultant, recommends that feds consider possible tax deductions when choosing a health insurance plan. But hurry, open season ends Dec. 12.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 01:04pm EST

Mixed-marriage money savers

If you are part of a couple that both works for the government, or if one of you is retired and one still working, does it matter who buys the health insurance? Short answer: Yes, it matters a lot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 02:00am EST

Answers to your open season questions

Host Mike Causey is joined by Walton Francis, editor of the Washington Consumers Checkbook Guide to Federal Health Plans. They will talk about what to look for when choosing a health care plan.
November 30, 2011

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 09:45pm EST

Open Season explainer: The pitfall of two self-only health plans

Walton Francis is the editor of the Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 03:58pm EST

Couples with healthy open marriages

Would you and your spouse benefit from having a healthy open marriage? Because you have two weeks to figure it out, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 02:00am EST

Are you making a $14,000 mistake?

If you focus only on premiums next year, you could be making a $14,000 error when picking your 2012 health plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 02:00am EST

FEHBP open season

Insurance expert Walton Francis talks about open season for federal employees as he joins hosts Bob Leins and John Elliot.
November 28, 2011

Monday - 11/28/2011, 06:08pm EST

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

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

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

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

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

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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