Michael Wald

Michael Wald is a public affairs consultant and writer based in the Atlanta area. He specializes in topics related to government and labor issues. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Department of Labor, he served as the agency’s Southeast Regional Director of Public Affairs and Southeast Regional Economist.

Determining Your Medicare Part B Premium Cost Has Gotten More Complicated

By on November 19, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Determining Your Medicare Part B Premium Cost Has Gotten More Complicated

The 2018 Medicare Part B premiums have been released, but the formula for figuring them out has become more complex.

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Getting Reimbursed for Your Medicare Part B Premiums

By on October 31, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Getting Reimbursed for Your Medicare Part B Premiums

FEHB plans that will reimburse Federal retirees for at least part of their Part B premium costs are becoming more common in 2018.

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Seniors’ Security Act Takes Retirees Into Unknown Territory

By on October 18, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Seniors’ Security Act Takes Retirees Into Unknown Territory

Another attempt is being made in Congress to change COLA increases to use the CPI-E in an effort to help retirees. Is this a good idea?

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Hurricanes in August and September Dramatically Impacted 2018 COLA

By on October 15, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Hurricanes in August and September Dramatically Impacted 2018 COLA

Two major hurricanes were a big factor in a higher COLA for federal retirees in 2018. The author explains how this happened.

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A Perspective on 2018 Federal Health Insurance Costs

By on October 9, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
A Perspective on 2018 Federal Health Insurance Costs

Federal and private sector health insurance premiums are showing greater increases than inflation, but FEHB increases for the most popular plans are rising even faster.

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Retirees Remain on Track for at Least Modest COLA in January

By on September 15, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Retirees Remain on Track for at Least Modest COLA in January

Without factoring in the effects of the two recent major hurricanes, federal retirees remained on track for a modest COLA in January based on August CPI data.

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Update on Harvey’s Impact on Gas Prices and COLA

By on September 5, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Update on Harvey’s Impact on Gas Prices and COLA

Hurricane Harvey has created a disruption in oil production and gas prices which could impact next year’s COLA. The author provides an update.

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Hurricane Harvey, Gas Prices, and COLA

By on August 25, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Hurricane Harvey, Gas Prices, and COLA

Hurricane Harvey may cause gasoline prices to jump which could ultimately be a boon to federal retirees.

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Alternative Ways to Determine Future COLAs

By on August 21, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Alternative Ways to Determine Future COLAs

Alternative ways have at times been considered for computing benefits payments to federal retirees. The author describes some of the options.

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Be Prepared for a Moderate COLA in January

By on August 14, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Be Prepared for a Moderate COLA in January

There is both good and bad news about the likely COLA in 2018. The author provides the details.

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