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Open Season News

Last day to make a sound decision

For Your Benefit co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan answer questions about health benefit plans on this last day of Open Season.
December 8, 2014

Monday - 12/08/2014, 10:40pm EST
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Hey people, it's Frigga Friday. Get with it!

Federal employees have a good reason to say, "Thank God, it's Frigga Friday," says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 02:00am EST

Health Premiums: They could be sooo much worse!

Although most people realize the government picks up part of the premium, a lot of people don't realize what a difference that makes, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Walton Francis and FEHBP open season

Walton Francis, author of the Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, answers your calls and emails about health plans available during FEHBP open season.
December 3, 2014

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:58pm EST

Pick or pay, your call

The good news, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, is that there's still time to save $1,000 to $2,000 next year on health premiums. The bad news is that time is running out!

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 02:00am EST

Open Season continues with Kaiser Permanente

This week on the For Your Benefit radio show, hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan welcome John Patrick, FEHB director for Kaiser Permanente for the Maryland/Washington, D.C./Virginia region to the show. This is the latest in our series of weekly shows devoted to the range of health insurance plans available to feds during Open Season.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:15am EST
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TGIF or not

Whether you are working today or at home, take a minute to emerge from your turkey-induced haze and think about your 2015 health plan, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 02:00am EST

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
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