OPM Announces Webcasts for Federal Benefits Open Season

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By on November 1, 2012 in Current Events, Human Resources with 1 Comment

OPM has announced an upcoming series of live webcasts to provide information to federal employees about the basics of the 2012 Open Season and the benefit programs involved.

The webcasts will also feature a live Q&A session with the experts.

The live webcasts being offered are:

Introduction to Open Season
Tuesday, November 6
1:30 – 2:30 PM Eastern
Topics covered include:

  • What is Open Season?
  • What benefit programs are involved?
  • How do I enroll?
  • What are the effective dates?
  • Where can I get help?
The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)
Tuesday, November 13
1:30-2:30 PM Eastern
Topics covered include:

  • What dental and vision benefits are available?
  • Why would I need supplemental dental and vision insurance?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do I pick a plan?
The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS)
Thursday, November 15
1:30-2:30 PM Eastern
Topics covered include:

  • What is a flexible spending account?
  • How does it work?
  • What expenses are eligible for reimbursement?
  • Where can I get more information?

Each of the webcasts can be viewed at the OPM web site. The site includes recordings of the webcasts which were originally broadcast live.

There are also two recorded webcasts which will be available on the OPM web site on Monday, November 5.

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB): Do I Have the Right Health Plan?Topics covered include:

  • What kinds of health plans are available?
  • What should I consider in picking a health plan?
  • How can I compare health plans available to me?
Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB)Topics covered include:

  • What is Medicare?
  • How much does Medicare cost?
  • When can I enroll in Medicare?
  • How does Medicare coordinate benefits with the FEHB Program?
  • Should I enroll in Medicare?

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