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Open Season News

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

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
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