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Open Season News

Two can live as cheaply as one if

Some federal couples try to save money by each purchasing a self-only plan. The total premium will be less, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, but that could be a problem if both of you have a major illness or accident next year.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 02:00am EST

The end is near ...

The clock is ticking on open season, when federal employees can switch their health care plans. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not too late to save as much as $1,200 next year.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:00am EST

Open Season continues with AETNA Federal Plans

Tom Bernatavitz, vice president of Aetna Federal Plans, joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to talk about Aetna health care plans that are available to feds during Open Season.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 09:41pm EST
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'Free' health insurance & other tips

Feds have less than a week left in open season to decide which are the best health care plans for them. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares some tips on making the best choice.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 02:00am EST

What are your odds of surviving 2015?

Few of us are going to live into our 100s, but choosing the right health care plan for you may make getting older more comfortable and put money in your wallet too, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 02:00am EST

The FEHBP's three prime numbers

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan is a game of numbers. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares which three numbers feds should be focusing on during open season.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:00am EST

Save $1,000 next year in FEHBP premiums

Health insurance premiums for white-collar federal workers or government retirees will run anywhere from $1,200 to nearly $6,000 next year. Wouldn't it be nice to save $1,000? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 02:00am EST

Which health insurance plan is the best one for you?

Walton Francis, author of the Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees will answer your questions about FEHBP open season.
November 18, 2014 (Encore presentation November 26, 2014)

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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Open season continues with SAMBA and FLTCIP

SAMBA executive director Walt Wilson, deputy executive director Pam Cummings, and Joan Melanson with Long Term Care Partners, will discuss the insurance options for federal employees during open season.
November 17, 2014

Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:59pm EST
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Caped Crusader confesses all

Holy Open Season! Senior Correspondent Mike Causey takes a look in the mirror and finds a run in his superhero tights.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 02:00am EST

Good news/bad news about your health plan

It's your usual good news/bad news situation when it comes to open season for feds choosing which health plans make the most sense and save the most money for them, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:00am EST

FEHBP open season with Walton Francis

Walton Francis, author of the CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, will answer your calls and emails about FEHBP open season.
November 12, 2014

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:40pm EST

Online Chat: Ask the Open Season Expert

Walton Francis, author of the annual Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees & Annuitants, joins Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey for an online chat to discuss this year's Open Season.

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

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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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

Sleepwalking (or not) through open season

If past is prologue, most federal and postal workers will either sleepwalk through the open season and do nothing. Others will wait until the last minute, shop frantically and, in most cases, stick with the plan they've been in for years, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

Feds' health care costs to increase by 3.2 percent in 2015

The Office of Personnel Management released the latest costs for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Tuesday, which show an increase of less than 4 percent for the fourth straight year.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:06pm EDT

OPM wants to keep FEHBP premium increases 'in check'

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta says she wants to keep premium increases for federal employees' health coverage "in check." In a keynote speech at the annual FEHB Program Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va., Thursday Archuleta also called on insurance carriers to make prescription drugs more affordable and urged more federal employees to sign up for wellness programs.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 11:34am EDT
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