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OPM offers little relief for long-term health care increases

During a Senate hearing, OPM pledges to do a better job in the future of explaining that increases are very much possible. Enrollees have until Dec. 14 to make a decision about changing plans, but lawmakers, employee unions and others call for OPM to extend the deadline. John Hancock official says on average premiums will increase only $29.

Tags: P&B , Daniel Green , Susan Collins , Herb Kohl , Senate Special Committee on Aging , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , John Hancock , NTEU , Marianne Harrison , Colleen Kelley , Chester Joy , LTC , long term care insurance

Thursday - 10/15/2009, 07:02am EDT
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How to work around FEHBP's fewer choices and higher costs

There are fewer options and higher prices in store for most federal employees this Open Season. But premiums may not have to be as high as many feds think. FederalNewsRadio gets tips from the editor of CHECKBOOK's Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.

Tags: pay & benefits , FEHBP , Mike Causey , health insurance , premiums , Walton Francis , Checkbook's Guide to Health Plans for Federal Empl , Suzanne Kubota , Blue Cross , GEHA , Kaiser

Tuesday - 10/13/2009, 11:54am EDT
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Some insurance companies leave Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan as Open Season approaches

OPM memo outlines which companies are leaving and what they must do before 2010. Insurance companies have to notify participants of their intent, but feds are responsible for finding new plans.

Tags: pay & benefits , FEHBP , Mike Causey , Dorothy Ramienski , health insurance

Monday - 10/12/2009, 05:03pm EDT

OPM gives employees opportunity to change long term care program

Agency issues notice in Federal Register detailing how the changes would work. OPM expects premiums to go up for enrollees under 70 years old.

Tags: pay and benefits , Long term care insurance program

Friday - 10/02/2009, 05:00pm EDT

Feds submit more than 10,000 ideas to OMB in effort to SAVE money

There still are two more weeks to send ideas to OMB to win the SAVE Award. OMB also is kicking off a physical fitness challenge to its employees to see who walks the most. The winner will have lunch with Director Orszag.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , Peter Orszag , John Berry , OMB , SAVE award , Health and wellness programs

Thursday - 10/01/2009, 04:25pm EDT

Health Premiums Up, Pay Not So Much!

Before you go into sticker shock over your 2010 health insurance premiums, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey urges you to remember what your Mother always said: That you are NOT average.

Tags: P&B , FEHBP , health care premiums , Mike Causey ,

Thursday - 10/01/2009, 04:00am EDT

Feds to pay more for health care under FEHBP

FEHBP enrollees should be prepared to pay more in health costs next year. On average, this means an increase in $5.98 per pay period for those with individual health coverage, and an average of $12.87 for employees with family coverage.

Tags: pay & benefits , FEHBP , health care costs ,

Tuesday - 09/29/2009, 06:50pm EDT
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OPM clarifies statements on retirement projections

The Office of Personnel Management now says it will continue to make retirement projections that forecast the potential number of retirees that leave government service each year.

Tags: pay & benefits , Peter Orszag , OMB , Paul Taylor , Pew Research Center , Federal employee retirement

Tuesday - 09/29/2009, 03:11pm EDT
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