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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 , Mike Causey , 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 , Mike Causey , pay and benefits , open season , pay freeze , FEHBP , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 06:22pm EST

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 , Mike Causey , 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 , Mike Causey

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 , Mike Causey

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

Downsizing Your Health Care Tab

There are lots of ways you can reduce your medical tab next year, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, including checking out some FEHBP plans you may never have heard of.

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

Friday - 11/19/2010, 04:00am EST

Single Family FEHBP Best Buys

If you are looking only at premiums during the current health insurance hunting season you are missing a big part of the story, according to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. Today we look at overall best buys for federal workers and retirees.

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

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 04:00am EST

Waiting For The Next FEHBP Surprise

Now that we know the FEHBP's 2011 premiums, feds are waiting for the next shoe to drop: what is going to happen to your deductibles, copayments and prescription drug schedules? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that's even more important than premiums themselves.

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

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 04:00am EDT

Coming up on Your Turn: A personal Open Season?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey gives us a sneak peak of Wednesday's show.

Tags: pay & benefits , Your Turn , Mike Causey , open season

Tuesday - 12/15/2009, 03:40pm EST

Bonus Christmas Holiday

What were odds that you would get a bonus holiday on Christmas Eve? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that, while nothing is ever guaranteed concerning Dec. 24th, the precedent is there.

Tags: P&B , holiday , Christmas Eve , Mike Causey , open season

Monday - 12/14/2009, 04:00am EST
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