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Online Chat: Ask the Benefits Expert

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and David Snell, director of Federal Benefits Services at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, answer your questions about Open Season and your federal health benefits in an online chat.

View an archive of the chat below.

Courtesy of NARFE

Snell was also a guest on Mike Causey’s Your Turn radio show. Listen to an archive of the program.

Federal employees’ health care premiums will rise an average of 3.2 percent in 2015. The Office of Personnel Management announced the rate increases for the Federal Employees Health Benefits program ahead of Open Season, which will run from Nov. 10 – Dec. 8, 2014.

During Open Season, federal employees can shop around for the health, dental and vision plans that will serve them best.

Before joining NARFE, Snell spent nearly 30 years at OPM headquarters. At retirement, he was chief of the Retirement Benefits Branch, where among other things, he supervised the Open Season process for retirees. Snell served four years in the Air Force and has a BS from George Mason University.

He’s frequently quoted on federal retiree issues, including OPM’s retirement processing and retirement claims backlog, the FEHB program, the TSP, as well as Medicare and Social Security.

Federal News Radio online chats are text only. There is no audio component. All online chats are archived and can be found here.

Having trouble with this online chat? Email Web Manager Julia Ziegler for assistance.

Live Blog Ask the Open Season Benefits Expert