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Health premiums: It pays to go postal

The health-insurance hunting season ends next Monday. When shopping around, this is a case where it pays to go postal if you can, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , open season , FEHBP

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 02:00am EST

A last-minute and very real pension threat

The next couple of weeks will be make or break time for federal workers and retirees as Congress flounders for a way to put the brakes on before the government goes off the infamous fiscal cliff. Among the endangered species: your future retirement benefits, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Congress , workforce

Tuesday - 12/04/2012, 02:00am EST

Reality check: Shop or drop this Open Season

For most federal workers and retirees going over the fiscal cliff in January isn't the problem du jour. If you or a family member gets really sick, or has a serious accident in the new year that is reality, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That, rightly so, will be your No. 1 problem. And whether you come out of it alive and kicking or financially strapped could depend on what you do between now and next Monday.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , health insurance , open season , Walt Francis

Monday - 12/03/2012, 02:00am EST

Secret retirement bonus plan

Did you hear about the secret retirement- incentive plan in Congress? It would give you a cash buyout, and add five years to your age and years of service in order to boost your annuity. It is perfect in its simplicity except for one vexing detail - it's not true, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , Triple Nickel , Congress

Friday - 11/30/2012, 02:00am EST

The end is near, seriously!

Not to put a damper on things but you have less than two weeks to pick your health plan and less than a month until the end of the world. We can help you big time with the first deadline, but when it comes to the Mayan calendar warnings, you are on your own, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , open season , health insurance

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 02:00am EST

Jimmy Choo at Payless Shoes?

Wouldn't it be great if you could get Jimmy Choo shoes or Savile Row suits at Payless Shoes or Wal-Mart? The hitch is you can't, and it's a reality federal workers and retirees need to consider when picking their 2013 health plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , health insurance , open season , FEHBP , Walt Francis

Tuesday - 11/27/2012, 02:00am EST

Two's a couple, three's a family!

Whether your family consists of just a husband or you have 18 dependents, a family is a family as far as Uncle Sam is concerned. And that ticks off couples who resent paying the same health premiums as those charged a large family, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is that right?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , health insurance , David Snell

Monday - 11/26/2012, 02:00am EST

Help out a fellow fed

It's great to donate money to starving children overseas and to support charities, hospitals and rescue animals. But there are times when there is nothing wrong with turning inward and helping people, even fellow federal workers and retirees, closer to home, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Like now...

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Hurricane Sandy , FEEA

Friday - 11/23/2012, 02:00am EST

Warm and fuzzy on Turkey Day

This is one of those very special warm and fuzzy holidays so today Senior Correspondent Mike Causey gets about as warm and fuzzy as you would like. And don't worry, it's OK if the kids see this column.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , Thanksgiving

Thursday - 11/22/2012, 02:00am EST

Your other health plan option - failure

In inspirational movies, a heroic general often says things like, "failure is not an option." And that's silly, of course, because failure is always an option and that's especially true for millions of current and former federal workers - some of whom are sleepwalking their way through the health insurance hunting season, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , benefits , open season , FEHB , health insurance , Walt Francis

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 02:00am EST
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