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Open Season News

Last-minute open season tips

Federal health benefits expert Walton Francis explains what feds need to do in the last week leading up to the open season deadline.

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 06:22pm EST
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How to find open season resources fast

Open Season 2010 is quickly coming to a close. December 13 is the last day for feds to make changes to their health care plans. David Snell from the National Active & Retired Federal Employees group joins us to talk about the best health plan deals for feds and retirees.
December 8, 2010

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 04:08pm EST
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Monday marks last day of open season 2010

December 13 is the final day feds can make changes to their health care plans so tune in for some last minute advice. Colleen Murphy of Asparity Decision Solutions and Al Schubert with VSP are the guests.
December 13, 2010

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 03:12pm EST
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Best buys for retirees in Open Season

Picking the right health plan next year is important if you are 30 and healthy. But if you are over 55 or retired it could be a matter of financial life-or-death. And your health insurance hunting season ends next Monday. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey lists the best buys for retirees.

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 04:00am EST

Crazy About Your Doctor? Shop or Drop

With one week left to shop for health insurance you still have time to save yourself a lot of money next year or do nothing and maybe live to regret it. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's got some tips on getting the best deal.

Monday - 12/06/2010, 04:00am EST

Open Season crunch time: One week to go

Hosts Bob Leins and John Elliott welcome back Walton Francis, Editor, Checkbook Guide to the Health Plans for Federal Employees to discuss health plan cost changes this open season.
December 6, 2010

Thursday - 12/02/2010, 01:30pm EST
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Open Season: What Plan Will You Choose?

Walt Francis, editor of Checkbook's Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, joins FEDtalk to discuss the major changes for federal employees to their FEHBP health, vision and dental plans.
December 3, 2010

Thursday - 12/02/2010, 01:18pm EST
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Pay Freeze vs. Higher FEHBP Premiums

Next year you'll be asked to pay 2011 health premiums using your frozen 2010 pay check. That will mean an actual drop in income unless, as Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, you pick up a bargain health plan between now and December 13.

Thursday - 12/02/2010, 04:00am EST

How to pay for 2011 premiums on a frozen salary

The proposed federal pay freeze has left feds with a lot of questions. We get an update from Jessica Klement with the Federal Managers Association. Walton Francis also joins us for a look at the best health plans for you this open season.
December 1, 2010

Tuesday - 11/30/2010, 05:49pm EST
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Discussion: Open Season tips and traps

Anchor Amy Morris and Senior Correspondent Mike Causey welcome Colleen Murphy and Walton Francis for a Federal News Radio Discussion on the FEHBP Open Season.

Tuesday - 11/30/2010, 11:00am EST
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Causey: Telework's potential pitfalls

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 05:51pm EST
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SAMBA discusses open season options

Our discussion on open season continues with Walt Wilson and Pam Cummings from SAMBA Federal Employee Benefit Association.
November 29, 2010

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 03:51pm EST
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Aetna discusses open season options

Tom Bernatavitz, head of Federal Plans for Aetna, joins hosts Tammy Flanagan and Bob Leins to discuss Aetna's health benefit plans for federal employees.
November 22, 2010

Friday - 11/19/2010, 01:24pm EST
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Downsizing Your Health Care Tab

There are lots of ways you can reduce your medical tab next year, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, including checking out some FEHBP plans you may never have heard of.

Friday - 11/19/2010, 04:00am EST

Open season: What you need to know about family plans

What are the best family plans? What's a consumer driven plan? Our open season coverage continues this week with more from expert Walton Francis.
November 17, 2010 (Encore presentation November 24, 2010)

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 11:34am EST
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Single Family FEHBP Best Buys

If you are looking only at premiums during the current health insurance hunting season you are missing a big part of the story, according to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. Today we look at overall best buys for federal workers and retirees.

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 04:00am EST

Kaiser Permanente discusses Open Season options

John Patrick, Director of Sales and Account Management for FEHB, and Jeff Goldman, Executive Director of Government Programs for Kaiser Permanente join For Your Benefit for a discussion on Open Season.
November 15, 2010

Friday - 11/12/2010, 04:34pm EST
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What to do for Open Season

Registered benefits consultant, Ed Zurndorfer has some open season advice.

Friday - 11/12/2010, 10:31am EST
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Open Season starting points from the pros

Federal News Radio continues its coverage of open season by speaking with Walton Francis, editor of the Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.
November 10, 2010

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 04:42pm EST
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Causey on health plan options in Open Season

Mike Causey makes sense of Open Season options.

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 04:33pm EST
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