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Health Premiums: When Expensive is Still Cheap

Buying a health plan simply because it has low premiums can be a big mistake unless: you have been dropped from your parents federal health plan; you are the ex-spouse of a federal worker or retiree or you are currently piggybacking on your nonfederal spouses health insurance. In that case, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, expensive can still be cheap.

Tags: pay and benefits , Open Season , FEHBP

Wednesday - 12/08/2010, 04:00am EST

Last-minute open season tips

Federal health benefits expert Walton Francis explains what feds need to do in the last week leading up to the open season deadline.

Tags: Walton Francis , pay and benefits , Open Season , pay freeze , FEHBP , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 06:22pm EST
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Best buys for retirees in Open Season

Picking the right health plan next year is important if you are 30 and healthy. But if you are over 55 or retired it could be a matter of financial life-or-death. And your health insurance hunting season ends next Monday. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey lists the best buys for retirees.

Tags: pay and benefits , Open Season , FEHBP , Honor Flight

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 04:00am EST

Crazy About Your Doctor? Shop or Drop

With one week left to shop for health insurance you still have time to save yourself a lot of money next year or do nothing and maybe live to regret it. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's got some tips on getting the best deal.

Tags: pay and benefits , FEHBP , Open Season , Walton Francis , Checkbook's Guide to Health Plans for Federal Empl ,

Monday - 12/06/2010, 04:00am EST

Pay Freeze vs. Higher FEHBP Premiums

Next year you'll be asked to pay 2011 health premiums using your frozen 2010 pay check. That will mean an actual drop in income unless, as Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, you pick up a bargain health plan between now and December 13.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay freeze , pay debate , FEHBP , Open Season , Walton Francis ,

Thursday - 12/02/2010, 04:00am EST

Pay Freeze & Retirement

Will the proposed federal pay freeze hamper the hunt for the best and brightest and clog the promotion pipeline in your office. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it could very well happen.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay freeze , pay debate , retirement benefits , high 3

Wednesday - 12/01/2010, 04:00am EST

The Two Minute FEHBP Drill

Are you too busy to shop for health insurance? So busy you can afford to make a $2,000 mistake by paying for something you don't need? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey offers a two-minute shopping guide.

Tags: pay and benefits , FEHBP ,

Monday - 11/29/2010, 04:00am EST

Federal Pay Raise: The Chosen Frozen

Federal workers aren't the only people who will feel the impact of the president's proposed two-year pay freeze. It could also impact federal unions, government contractors and even some people who work in foreign embassies based in Washington.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay freeze , pay debate , Federal Report , contractors

Tuesday - 11/30/2010, 02:01am EST

Down the Road: Pay Freeze and Job Cuts and Furloughs

What does the sea change election mean for federal workers? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says possibilities include a diet-pay raise, possible furloughs with White House backing and a new effort to get rid of poor performers.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay raise , furlough , job freeze , pay freeze , Bill Bransford

Friday - 11/26/2010, 04:00am EST

Today We Are All Turkeys

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 okay if the kids see this column.

Tags: pay and benefits , Thanksgiving , holiday

Thursday - 11/25/2010, 04:00am EST
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