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OPM to manage part of Affordable Care Act program

The launch of state insurance exchanges will have little impact on most federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management says. It's a different story for OPM, itself, however. Due to its experience managing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, OPM has been tasked with managing a part of the new health exchange system.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , health insurance , FEHBP , Elaine Kaplan , Jack Moore

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 04:37pm EDT

Chained CPI could cost retirees thousands over time, NARFE says

A proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated could have a huge, negative impact, according to David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. NARFE is urging its members and retirees to contact their congressmen during the week of Sept. 16 to express their opposition to the chained consumer price index.

Tags: David Snell , NARFE , Your Turn with Mike Causey , chained CPI , phased retirement , self-plus-one , retirement , workforce , OPM , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 02:57pm EDT
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Same-sex spouses may get military benefits

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel ,

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 04:18pm EDT

OPM provision defines how Congress, staff receive health benefits in 2014

Congress and some congressional staff members will no longer be eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, when The Affordable Care Act goes in to effect in January. OPM explains what that means.

Tags: Affordable Care Act , health benefits , Congress , workforce , management , Katherine Archuleta , OPM , Tom Coburn

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 04:07pm EDT

OPM encouraging managers to prepare for post-DOMA benefit changes

The Supreme Court struck down parts of DOMA on June 26. Federal managers now must decide how to recognize legal same-sex marriages. Agencies also must update their enrollment systems to include same-sex spouses and their children.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , DOMA , workforce , Bruce Elliot , Society for Human Resources Management , Cogan Schneier

Monday - 07/08/2013, 07:41pm EDT

Feds in same-sex marriages given 60 days to update benefits

Federal employees in same-sex marriages have until August 26 to make changes to their health and life insurance among other benefits, according to a new memo from acting OPM Director Elaine Kaplan. Same-sex spouses of federal employees are now eligible for coverage under under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), and Federal Long-term Care Insurance.

Tags: pay and benefits , OPM , workforce , Elaine Kaplan , DOMA , same-sex benefits , FEHBP , FEDVIP , Jack Moore

Friday - 06/28/2013, 06:50pm EDT

OPM expanding vision, dental options under FEDVIP next year

OPM is planning to add four new insurance carriers to the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) for 2014. Premium rates and benefits coverage of the new plans would be announced later this year ahead of the annual federal health-insurance Open Season.

Tags: pay and benefits , open season , FEDVIP , OPM , Elaine Kaplan , dental/vision plans

Friday - 06/21/2013, 05:18pm EDT

Court says ex-wife gets man's insurance money

The Supreme Court says a Virginia law can't override a federal employee's decision to make his ex-wife, not his wife, his beneficiary in a federal insurance program.

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Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 07:44am EDT

'Unchained CPI Melody' bums some

When it comes to those annual cost-of-living adjustments, a growing number of federal workers and retirees actually get diet COLAs each January. And that would get worse -- and extend to all retirees under a White House plan that has strong congressional backing, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , retirement , chained CPI , COLA

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 02:00am EDT
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