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Your health plan and the Nixon curse

Did you ever hear of the Nixon curse? Are you sick of having people push you to shop around for a health insurance plan? If so, rejoice, because Monday is the deadline for picking your 2013 health plan. After that, you won't have all those confusing options to kick around anymore for a long time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Friday - 12/07/2012, 02:00am EST

Health premiums: It pays to go postal

The health-insurance hunting season ends next Monday. When shopping around, this is a case where it pays to go postal if you can, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 02:00am EST

Reality check: Shop or drop this Open Season

For most federal workers and retirees going over the fiscal cliff in January isn't the problem du jour. If you or a family member gets really sick, or has a serious accident in the new year that is reality, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That, rightly so, will be your No. 1 problem. And whether you come out of it alive and kicking or financially strapped could depend on what you do between now and next Monday.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , FEHBP , health insurance , open season , Walt Francis

Monday - 12/03/2012, 02:00am EST

Secret retirement bonus plan

Did you hear about the secret retirement- incentive plan in Congress? It would give you a cash buyout, and add five years to your age and years of service in order to boost your annuity. It is perfect in its simplicity except for one vexing detail - it's not true, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , retirement , Triple Nickel , Congress

Friday - 11/30/2012, 02:00am EST

Playing catch-up with health insurance

Long before there was the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, there was the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, which actually became a model for the new health-care law, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 02:00am EST

The end is near, seriously!

Not to put a damper on things but you have less than two weeks to pick your health plan and less than a month until the end of the world. We can help you big time with the first deadline, but when it comes to the Mayan calendar warnings, you are on your own, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 02:00am EST

Jimmy Choo at Payless Shoes?

Wouldn't it be great if you could get Jimmy Choo shoes or Savile Row suits at Payless Shoes or Wal-Mart? The hitch is you can't, and it's a reality federal workers and retirees need to consider when picking their 2013 health plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , health insurance , open season , FEHBP , Walt Francis

Tuesday - 11/27/2012, 02:00am EST

Two's a couple, three's a family!

Whether your family consists of just a husband or you have 18 dependents, a family is a family as far as Uncle Sam is concerned. And that ticks off couples who resent paying the same health premiums as those charged a large family, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is that right?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , FEHBP , health insurance , David Snell

Monday - 11/26/2012, 02:00am EST

New TSP rules help Hurricane Sandy victims

Under temporary rules issued by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, feds can continue to contribute to their Thrift Savings Plan. FRTIB will waive a rule that prevents contributions for six months after taking a hardship withdrawal.

Tags: TSP , FRTIB , retirement , Michael OConnell

Friday - 11/23/2012, 12:19pm EST
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