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Great Year For Feds...So Far

This year will go down in the record books as the best-ever for federal workers, postal service employees and many government retirees, but as Senior Correspondent Mike Causey points out, every silver lining has a cloud.

Tags: P&B , Mike Causey , FSA , TSP , COLA , locality pay

Friday - 12/04/2009, 04:00am EST

The High Price of Doing Nothing

If you want to shell out way too much money for health premiums next year do this: Nothing. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it pays big-time to shop around.

Tags: P&B , Mike Causey , Walton Francis , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employ , Blue Cross

Thursday - 12/03/2009, 04:00am EST

FEHBP Premiums: Only Half The Story

Could you afford to pay out as much as $27,000 in premiums and medical costs next year? If you don't want to you don't have to, provided you read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column today and follow through.

Tags: P&B , Blue Cross , Mike Causey , Walton Francis , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employ , greenhouse gas , sheep , methane

Tuesday - 12/01/2009, 04:00am EST

Other Open Season Options

The federal insurance open season ends in two weeks. Health insurance is the big item. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that workers and retirees should also check out the optional dental and vision packages while they are picking their 2010 health plan.

Tags: P&B , Mike Causey , FEDVIP , health insurance , open season , Blue Cross , Mail Handlers , Triple-S Salud , Aetna , GEHA , MetLife , United Concordia , Humana , GHI , dental/vision plans

Friday - 11/27/2009, 01:23pm EST

FEHBP Open Season workshop on Nov. 30

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D.-Va.) is hosting a federal health plan open season workshop this coming Monday.

Tags: P&B , open season , Gerry Connolly , Congressional Spotlight

Wednesday - 11/25/2009, 10:58am EST

Health Insurance: Remove Head From, uh, Sand!

What is your hourly fee for consulting? Do you charge $1,000? Reverse that. How would you like to save $1,000 or $2,000 next year by investing an hour of your time? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's got the solution and we'll even deliver it to you.

Tags: P&B , Mike Causey , Walton Francis , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employ

Tuesday - 11/17/2009, 04:00am EST

Open Season, Part V - Aetna

Tom Bernatavitz, head of Aetna's Federal Plans, talks about open season options
Nov. 16, 2009

Tags: pay & benefits , For Your Benefit , Aetna , Tom Bernatavitz ,

Tuesday - 11/10/2009, 12:50pm EST

Rep. Van Hollen offers help for feds with fewer Health Plan options

Open Season can be tough to navigate for some federal employees. Maryland Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen is trying to help federal workers understand their choices.

Tags: P&B , Christopher Van Hollen , open season , Congressional Spotlight

Thursday - 11/12/2009, 11:09am EST

Healthcare Reform End Game

The congressional steamroller working on health care reform doesn't appear to be a danger to your federal health plan, but as Senior Correspondent Mike Causey notes, anything can, and often does, happen when Senate-House members go to a last minute conference.

Tags: P&B , Mike Causey , healthcare reform , excise tax

Thursday - 11/12/2009, 04:00am EST

Will House healthcare bill affect the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program?

Federal News Radio gets analysis about HR 3962 from the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; in addition, the National Active and Retired Employees Association weighs in on its concerns.

Tags: pay & benefits , healthcare , Rep. Darrell Issa , Rep. Edolphus Towns , Capitol Hill , NARFE , Dorothy Ramienski

Thursday - 11/05/2009, 08:30pm EST
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