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Open Season overview continues with Kaiser Permanente

John Patrick and Dr. Amy Banulis from Kaiser Permanente join host Bob Leins to discuss the company's health care plan.
November 18, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , Open Season , Kaiser Permanente , John Patrick , Dr. Amy Banulis , Bob Leins , For Your Benefit

Monday - 11/18/2013, 10:22pm EST
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Federal health premiums to rise 3.7 percent in 2014

Health premiums for federal employees are going up an average of 3.7 percent, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Postal Service employees, who separate negotiating rights over premiums, will see, on average, a 3.8 percent increase.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , benefits , FEHBP , Open Season , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 11:36am EDT

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 , benefits , FEHBP , Elaine Kaplan , Jack Moore

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

OPM in talks to add 6 new carriers to FEHBP

The Office of Personnel Management is in talks with six additional health care providers to join the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, according to John O'Brien, OPM's director of health care and insurance. OPM has been working over the past few years to add plans to the FEHB program in a bid to increase competition, O'Brien said in a keynote address at the 2013 FEHB Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va.

Tags: pay and benefits , FEHBP , OPM ,

Friday - 03/22/2013, 03:42pm EDT
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Insurance options to consider as Open Season draws to a close

Benefits consultant Walton Francis offers top tips for federal employees considering a new health plan. Open Season runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.

Tags: pay and benefits , Open Season , For Your Benefit , Walton Francis , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees , Andrew Mitchell

Monday - 12/03/2012, 03:17pm EST
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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 , benefits , FEHBP , Open Season , Walt Francis

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

Changes coming in 2013 to flexible spending accounts

As federal employees weigh health plan options during Open Season, federal benefits consultant Ed Zurndorfer advises feds not overlook flexible spending accounts.

Tags: flexible spending account , pay and benefits , Open Season , Ed Zurndorfer , Federal Drive

Friday - 11/30/2012, 03:13pm EST
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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 , benefits , Open Season , FEHBP ,

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 , benefits , Open Season ,

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 , benefits , Open Season , FEHBP , Walt Francis

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