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FEHB program almost ready to welcome Indian tribe employees

Administrators are preparing to expand the Federal Employee Health Benefits plan in May to thousands of employees of Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Tribes have urged the change for a long time. It was mandated by the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and is just now becoming a reality.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , benefits , Native Americans , National Congress of American Indians , Jacqueline Pata , Ahniwake Rose , Emily Kopp , John O

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 08:53pm EST
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Online health records more common but usage low, OPM says

92 percent of plans have taken steps to educate their members about health information technology, but less than 5 percent of members are accessing their records online.

Tags: OPM , health record , technology , John Berry

Monday - 11/14/2011, 05:04pm EST

Experts say administration proposal puts FEHB on the ropes

The White House wants to carve out the prescription drug piece and give OPM the ability to negotiate prices through a third party. But experts say this change would cost employees more money and be the first step toward dismantling the entire Federal Employee Health Benefit program.

Tags: James Morrison , Jackie Simon , Joseph Antos , pay and benefits , Walt Francis , American Enterprise Institute , OPM , AFGE , supercommittee , prescription drug benefit , Jason Miller , USPS

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:20am EST
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Feds' health premiums to increase 3.8 percent

Federal employees will see an average of 3.8 percent increase in healthcare premiums in 2012, the lowest rate hike since 2008 and about half of last year's increase. On average, enrollees with self-only coverage will pay $2.32 more per bi-weekly pay period, and enrollees with family coverage will pay $6.18 more, the Office of Personnel Management said.

Tags: pay and benefits , health benefits , OPM , health insurance , John Berry , open season , John Foley , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 12:55pm EDT
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Tuesday morning federal headlines - Sept. 27

On today's Federal Drive: The Senate has appeared to avert a government shutdown with the passage of a stopgap funding measure and a proposed bill would allow federal employees to donate unused sick leave to other feds.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , Federal Drive newscast , shutdown , Congress , Senate , Jim Moran , OPM ,

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 08:03am EDT

Security benefits of OPM's health data changes

The Office of Personnel Management has released updated security notices for its new Federal Employees Health Benefits program database.

Tags: Harley Geiger , Center for Democracy and Technology , OPM , health records , In Depth , pay and benefits

Thursday - 06/30/2011, 05:08pm EDT
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OPM urges FEHB wellness, prevention programs

The Office of Personnel Management is calling for federal employee health insurance carriers to propose more wellness and prevention programs.

Tags: John O'Brien , John Berry , OPM , pay and benefits , health insurance , wellness programs , prevention , FEHB Carrier Conference , Jolie Lee

Friday - 03/25/2011, 01:26pm EDT

FEHB premiums to increase by 7.2 percent in 2011

OPM said the rise in costs is lower than the industry standard. Employees who choose family coverage will see an increase of $22.90 a month. Open season starts Nov. 8.

Tags: pay and benefits , OPM , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , health insurance , open season , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/01/2010, 06:19pm EDT

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

Tags: open season , pay and benefits , Kaiser Permanente , John Patrick , Jeff Goldman , Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan , For Your Benefit

Friday - 11/12/2010, 04:34pm EST
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Everything you need to know about Open Season

Hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan are joined by Walton Francis, Editor of the Checkbook Guide Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, to discuss available health plans, what's new this year and the costs.
November 1, 2010

Tags: Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan , Walton Francis , open season , health plans , pay and benefits , FEHBP

Friday - 10/29/2010, 12:05pm EDT
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