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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

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 , benefits , FEHBP , David Snell

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

Taking your Open Season questions

Walton Francis, THE expert on the federal health-insurance program, joined host Mike Cause to answer federal employees' and retirees' questions about finding the right plan during Open Season, which runs through Dec. 10.

Tags: Your Turn with Mike Causey , Walton Francis , pay and benefits , open season , FEHBP , Sean Reilly , Federal Times , sequestration , Congress , budget , USPS

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 01:15pm EST
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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 , Walt Francis

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 , Walt Francis

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

Tips for Open Season 2013

Benefits consultants Walton Francis and Ed Zurndorfer offer 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 , Ed Zurndorfer , Walton Francis , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employ , Jolie Lee

Monday - 11/12/2012, 12:43pm EST
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Health, life insurance & a shrinking tax break

Health insurance is a must-have item for everybody. But there is more than health insurance at issue during the big benefits hunting season that kicks off Nov.12 and runs through Dec. 10. Sleep through it at your peril, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 02:00am EDT

Falling in love: It pays to go postal

There are certain times when it pays to go postal, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says ... Especially if you are a federal employee contemplating marriage or already one half of a "mixed marriage."

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , pay and benefits , benefits ,

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 02:00am EDT

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 , Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees , Walt Francis

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

Inertia + FEHBP = Financial Problems

The health insurance hunting season ends next Monday. Sticking with your current plan, without doing any shopping, is probably OK. But if 2012 is a bad medical year for you and yours ignorance is not bliss, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 02:00am EST
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