Changes in Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for Federal Employees

April 26, 2010 8:27 AM

Changes are occurring in the federal employee health insurance program, including changes to the federal dental and vision insurance program. Here are a couple that will impact a number of readers.

Continue Reading »

Medicare and Federal Employee Health Insurance

April 12, 2010 8:39 AM

Discussion of “risk pools” and “call letters” from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) doesn’t sound very exciting. And, in most years, the issuing of an OPM call letter doesn’t generate much press publicity in the federal community. This year may be different though.

Continue Reading »

Health Care Reform and How It May Impact the Federal Community

December 11, 2009 9:14 AM

What change will health care reform bring to the federal workforce?

Continue Reading »

What is the Most Important Factor in Choosing a Health Insurance Plan?

November 30, 2009 7:17 PM

What do you need to know about health insurance as a federal employee and can what you know impact your future retirement benefits as a former federal employee? Here are federal employee health insurance tips that could help you in your retirement planning.

Continue Reading »

Practical Advice in Choosing the Right Health Plan

November 24, 2009 6:53 AM

Do you want a traditional, consumer-driven or high-deductible health plan? Much of this decision is driven by how healthy you and your family are. Your health will be a guiding factor in choosing the best coverage for you.

Continue Reading »

Which Health Plan is the Best One for You?

November 20, 2009 8:03 AM

Which health plan is the best one for you? Making the best choice depends on your personal interests and situation. Here are guidelines you can follow in making the best choice.

Continue Reading »

Divorce, Health Insurance and a Retired Federal Employee

October 13, 2009 7:16 PM

A divorced spouse of a retired federal employee has been frustrated in her attempts to continue her coverage under his federal health insurance policy even though she had a court order requiring her ex-husband to “continue to pay…the premiums due on the medical” policy.

Continue Reading »

Federal Employees Get Belated Enrollment Opportunity

December 9, 2008 3:21 PM

It has been a confusing year for health insurance benefits during this year’s open season. As a result of concerns in Congress and in the media about the changes, OPM has taken several unusual steps with regard to this year’s program. Here is what some of these changes may mean for you.

Continue Reading »

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

October 7, 2008 8:22 AM

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.

Continue Reading »

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

May 28, 2008 7:21 AM

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.

Continue Reading »