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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.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , benefits , Katherine Archuleta , wellness programs , FEHBP Carrier Conference , Jack Moore

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

Belt & suspenders: The $1,200 question

If you are in perfect health and plan to stay that way, or if $1,200 a year more or less means little to you, you can skip this column. Otherwise, listen up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , benefits , David Snell

Monday - 03/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

White House budget aims to boost federal employee pay, training

The White House's fiscal 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday aims to boost funding for federal-employee training, which has been hard hit by across-the-board sequestration cuts in recent years. The budget also proposes a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees and leaves untouched federal retirement programs.

Tags: budget , OMB , 2015 budget , pay and benefits , pay raise , workforce , FECA , NTEU , AFGE , NFFE

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 04:39pm EST

Self-plus-one coverage: What's in it for you?

Lots of people inside government are excited about the pending self-plus-one health plan option, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It will cost more than self-only, but less than the standard family plan. So who are the winners and losers?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , benefits , self-plus-one , Walton Francis

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 02:00am EST

Senator sues OPM over health care regulations

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has filed a lawsuit against Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management, seeking to overturn an OPM regulation that allows lawmakers and their staffs to continue receiving government contribution toward their health insurance premiums. Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, lawmakers and their staffs were booted from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), under which the government typically kicks in about three-fourths of the cost of federal employees' premiums, and required to purchase health insurance on the federal exchange.

Tags: OPM , Affordable Care Act , Ron Johnson , Jim Sensenbrenner , Congress , Tom Coburn , Katherine Archuleta , benefits , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/06/2014, 02:56pm EST

OPM seeks changes to feds' benefits, insurance opportunities

The Office of Personnel Management recently filed two proposals to change how feds enroll in the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program and to expand the regulations of the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance.

Tags: retirement , benefits , FEGLI , OPM , Federal Register , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 01:25pm EST

Self plus one and more

AFGE's public policy director Jacqueline Simon explains why her organization is opposed to the self plus one plan, and Sean Reilly and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will discuss what's ahead for feds and retirees in 2014.
December 18, 2013 (Encore presentations December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014)

Tags: pay and benefits , self plus one , Jacqueline Simon , AFGE , Sean Reilly , Andy Medici , Federal Times , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 06:16pm EST
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Analyzing the budget deal

On this week's Your Turn radio show, host Mike Causey examines what's in the most recent budget deal that will impact feds.

Tags: Your Turn , budget , sequestration , Mike Causey , COLA , retirement , pensions , pay and benefits , Jessica Klement , Sean Reilly , Andy Medici

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 03:57pm EST
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Coming up: The dullest, most important weekend of the year

Is the upcoming weekend a time for dinner, dancing and romance or are you going to curl up with a batch of health-insurance brochures? The latter might the smarter choice, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , Open Season ,

Friday - 12/06/2013, 02:00am EST

Weighing your healthcare options

Walton Francis, author of the Checkbook Guide to Federal Health Plans, will answer your calls and emails about open season.
December 4, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , Open Season , Walton Francis , healthcare , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 07:00pm EST
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