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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 , Federal Report , pay and benefits , benefits , open season , FEHB , health insurance ,

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

Health insurance and the single life

When it comes to picking a federal health plan, two cannot live as cheaply as one - you want to be the Lone Ranger, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Federal Report , benefits , FEHB , health insurance ,

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 02:00am EST

Pick a health plan: Monkey, goldfish or you?

There are several ways to select your 2013 federal health plan: You can do nothing, and stay where you are. You can let your pet chimp or clever goldfish make the selection. Or, you can do a little homework and save yourself $1,000 or more next year. It's your call, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Federal Report , open season , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 02:11pm EST

Premiums for federal health plan set to increase 3.4 percent

The Office of Personnel Management announced 2013 premiums for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program are set to increase 3.4 percent. That's slightly below last year's increase of 3.8 percent, which had been the lowest since 2008. In 2010, premiums rose 7.3 percent.

Tags: health care , OPM , FEHBP , pay and benefits , benefits , John Berry , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 01:23pm EDT

Common mistakes during Open Season

Federal employees have until Dec. 12 to decide on a health plan during this year's Open Season. Benefits expert Walt Francis has advice for feds.

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

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 03:58pm EST
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OPM making changes to FEHBP - Is that good news?

In a recent letter to insurers, the Office of Personnel Management requested some changes to federal health plans. Brace yourselves: It's mostly good news. The Federal Drive talked to health-benefits expert Walt Francis to get the details.

Tags: Federal Drive , FEHBP , OPM , health plans

Friday - 04/06/2012, 06:06pm EDT
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Monday madness checklist

There is still time, but not much, to pick your 2012 health plan. Missing the boat could mean you'll shell out much too much money in premiums. And doing the wrong thing could translate into a $14,000 mistake, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , benefits , open season , FEHBP , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees

Monday - 12/12/2011, 02:00am EST

Give yourself a pay raise

Want to know a way to get more money that doesn't involve a gun, mask or duct tape? It can be done if you take action before quitting time on Monday, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , open season , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees , FEHBP

Friday - 12/09/2011, 02:00am EST

Hate-your-mate health tip

You can save a lot of money on health insurance premiums if you live the good life and hate your wife...or husband. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey gives some unorthodox tips for navigating through the health insurance open season, which closes next Monday.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , open season , FEHBP , health insurance , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees ,

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 02:00am EST

More open season do's and don'ts

Walt Francis, editor of the Checkbook Guide to Federal Health Plans, and Steve Losey and Sean Reilly of the Federal Times, join host Mike Causey on today's program.
December 7, 2011

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Your Turn with Mike Causey , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees , Sean Reilly , Stephen Losey , FEHBP , open season

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 07:31pm EST
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