Pay & Benefits

Debra Smith

Say goodbye to those surprise medical bills, really?!

Come Jan. 1, health insurance plans must treat emergency services performed out-of-network as if they were done in-network. The new rules apply to almost…

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Want a Roth IRA on steriods? Check your health plan.

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(U.S. Army Photo by Bridgett Siter)Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division used the latest prototype of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) during a training exercise in October at Fort Pickett, Va. The event was part of a larger Soldier Touch Point, the third major milestone in the development and testing of the IVAS, which will undergo one more STP in the spring before initial fielding next year. (U.S. Army Photo by Bridgett Siter)

White House and Congress both seem to agree lower ranking troops need more money, but how much?

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Coordinating your health plan with Medicare: Does it work for you?

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(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)The Rainbow Flag flies beneath the American flag at the Stonewall National Monument, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The Rainbow Flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was flown for the first time at the monument. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

OPM will allow same-sex spouses of deceased federal employees a chance to apply for survivor benefits

To be eligible for federal survivor benefits, widows or widowers must have been married to an employee or annuitant for at least nine months. But meeting…

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This Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, photo shows a Social Security card in Tigard, Ore.  Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Inflation alert: Are you on the Titanic or the iceberg?

The January cost of living adjustmnent for most retired feds, military and Social Security reciepents will be 5.9%. But the keyword is “most.”

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Lessons learned from a former VA undersecretary

After spending three years as Undersecretary for Veterans Benefits during the Trump administration, Paul Lawrence has learned a few lessons.

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