Federal Employee Health Benefits Program

  • Trump proposes federal pay raise, familiar retirement cuts in 2021 budget

    President Donald Trump’s proposed 1% across-the-board federal pay raise is an attempt to meet Congress “halfway” on the topic, as the administration also recommended more agency funding on employee performance rewards and bonuses.

  • FEHB’s 5-year rule

    You can’t be covered by any of the FEHBP plans unless you were enrolled in one — as in paying premiums — for the five years prior to retirement.

  • Does your health plan have an IRA-on-steroids option?

    Interested in a health plan that would give you $1,000 to $2,000 a year for staying healthy?

  • ISO soulmate with good health plan

    Savvy single federal workers looking for both love and a low-cost health plan can kill two birds with one stone during the health insurance open season. With careful planning and a little luck, they may…

  • Health plan: How to avoid bankruptcy in 2020

    Unexpected things happen, and if that means a major medical emergency and you don’t have the right FEHB plan, you could be in big-time trouble.

  • Are you overpaying for health insurance? Probably

    If wasting a couple-thousand dollars next year is no big deal to you, you can skip this.

  • Surprise: You’ve gotta work another 5 years, sorry!

    Planning on enrolling in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program after retirement? Ever hear of the 5-year rule? Many haven’t. Until it’s too late.

  • Medicare Part B and your health plan: Good idea?

    One of the key questions facing those eligible for Medicare is should they take part B and pay its premiums in addition to one of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program plans?

  • Design your own buyout for December and January

    Fast approaching is the health benefits open enrollment period from Nov. 11-Dec. 9, when workers and retirees should shop carefully for the best deal for them and their families.

  • Are you overpaying for health insurance?

    It’s very likely, especially if you haven’t changed plans in the past few years or are retired, that you are paying more in premiums than necessary.