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Are you in the wrong health care plan?

Health plan expert Walton Francis says that about half of all federal employees are paying too much for heath care. Now that it's Open Season, feds have a chance to turn that around.

Tags: Walt Francis , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees , open season , health care , workforce , retirement , Michael OConnell

Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:59pm EST
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Open Season continues with Kaiser Permanente

This week on the For Your Benefit radio show, hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan welcome John Patrick, FEHB director for Kaiser Permanente for the Maryland/Washington, D.C./Virginia region to the show. This is the latest in our series of weekly shows devoted to the range of health insurance plans available to feds during Open Season.

Tags: open season , Kaiser Permanente , For Your Benefit , FEHP , health care , pay and benefits , Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan , John Patrick

Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:15am EST
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Open season 2014 is underway. Feds who turn 65 next year are facing a decision whether or not to enroll in Medicare Part B. If they enroll, they'll be paying an additional $1,200 on top of what they already pay for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the pros and cons of enrolling in Part B.

Tags: Tammy Flanagan , open season , Medicare Part B , National Institute of Transition Planning , In Depth , Francis Rose , health care

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:24pm EST
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Caped Crusader confesses all

Holy Open Season! Senior Correspondent Mike Causey takes a look in the mirror and finds a run in his superhero tights.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , open season , retirement

Friday - 11/14/2014, 02:00am EST

Good news/bad news about your health plan

It's your usual good news/bad news situation when it comes to open season for feds choosing which health plans make the most sense and save the most money for them, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , Walt Francis , open season , retirement , health ,

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:00am EST

The joys and sorrows of shopping naked

Open season is upon us. That's the annual period when federal employees get the chance to change their health plans. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the vast majority of them -- 96 percent -- don't take advantage of this opportunity and may be losing out on considerable savings.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , retirement , health , open season

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 02:00am EST

Investment king tells TSP Board: Feds are in good shape for retirement

Larry Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock, spoke at a meeting Monday of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which administers the Thrift Savings Plan.

Tags: Kim Weaver , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , TSP , Larry Fink , BlackRock , retirement , In Depth , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Federal workers: All I want for Christmas is a long weekend

A WhiteHouse.gov petition asks President Barack Obama to grant government employees off the Friday after Christmas, creating a four-day weekend.

Tags: Christmas , vacation , management , pay and benefits , workforce , paid leave , holiday

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 03:10pm EDT

IRS Commissioner pushes Congress for mass-transit decision

In a letter to leaders in the House and Senate tax commitees, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen reminded Congress of the importance to make a firm decision on whether to extend a mass-transit subsidy before November.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , transit subsidy , Ron Wyden , Orrin Hatch , Congress , Dave Camp , Sander Levin , workforce , Jory Heckman ,

Friday - 10/10/2014, 11:36am EDT

FERS TSP enrollment hits record high

At its monthly board meeting Thursday in Washington, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) announced that 87.5 percent of FERS employees are actively contributing to their TSP accounts. The percentage just surpasses the previous record high of 87.4 percent in January 2003. Although participation is increasing, a lower percentage of participants are contributing full match to their TSP accounts.

Tags: TSP , retirement , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , Gregory Long , David Toro , Susan Crowder , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 12:45pm EDT
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