2009 Health Insurance Rates: How Much Will Your Rate Change?

By on October 7, 2008 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

You may know that the “average” rate increase for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan is going up 8%. That may not be relevant to your plan. Here is more information on how much of a change there may be in your health benefits costs next year.

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Medicare and Federal Retirees: Part B or Not Part B?

By on May 28, 2008 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Author John Grobe recently asked FedSmith readers which topics were of most interest on the topic of federal retirement. The answer: Should a federal retiree who is nearing 65 sign up for Medicare’s Part B? Here is an explanation of the considerations in making this decision.

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It’s An Election Year: Health Benefits for Some New Retirees May Change; Future of Some Agencies on the Line

By on March 23, 2006 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

It’s an election year. Here are several proposals that have been made that would impact the civil service structure and the benefits of some current federal employees.

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Smoking and the Cost of Your Health Insurance

By on March 15, 2006 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Should smokers who participate in the federal employee health plan pay more for health insurance than non-smokers?

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‘High Three’ to ‘High Five’

By on September 22, 2005 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Government spending to recover from Hurricane Katrina means spending cuts will probably be necessary in other government programs. One possibility is changing the formula for calculating federal employee pension benefits.

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Federal Vision, Dental Program Start Delayed

By on September 20, 2005 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

OPM has delayed the start of the dental and vision program for federal employees.

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OPM To Audit Health Care Costs

By on September 24, 2002 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Costs of the FEHB continue to go up each year. The impact on retirees is significant and legislation is pending that may provide some relief. The long-term challenge to OPM will be to control costs and to balance benefits.

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