• Leaving office during the transition? Your pay and benefits questions answered

    About 4,000 political appointees will leave the Obama administration in the next nine weeks. While conversations over policy, budget and organizational structure will take center stage, questions about your pay and benefits may not. Federal News Radio reviewed the Office of Personnel Management’s transition guide in search of the answers.

  • Federal life insurance Open Season signals time to reevaluate health benefits

    Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is fast approaching, but starting Sept. 1, for the first time in 10 years federal employees can enroll or increase their life insurance without a health exam, through the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program.

  • Feds given more flexibility updating FEDVIP plans

    The Office of Personnel Management just issued a final rule that lets a subset of federal employees enroll in or switch dental and vision plans outside of the open enrollment periods. The amendment goes into effect next month.

  • Top 3 Tips for Open Season

    Open Season, the time when federal employees and retirees can comb through more than 250 plans of the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and make changes, kicks off today and runs through Dec. 9. Find some key pieces of information for the current Open Season and links to more information. Plus, benefits experts offer their three most important tips for Open Season.

  • Feds in same-sex marriages given 60 days to update benefits

    Federal employees in same-sex marriages have until August 26 to make changes to their health and life insurance among other benefits, according to a new memo from acting OPM Director Elaine Kaplan. Same-sex spouses of federal employees are now eligible for coverage under under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), and Federal Long-term Care Insurance.

  • OPM expanding vision, dental options under FEDVIP next year

    OPM is planning to add four new insurance carriers to the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) for 2014. Premium rates and benefits coverage of the new plans would be announced later this year ahead of the annual federal health-insurance Open Season.

  • Aetna options for FEHB during Open Season

    Tom Bernatavitz, senior vice president and head of federal plans for Aetna, talks about the federal employee health benefit options that his company is offering. November 19, 2012