• Shutdown FAQs: Pay, benefits and retirement questions answered

    Federal News Network is soliciting your questions about your pay, benefits, retirement and other topics during the government shutdown.

  • Agencies should restore annual leave lost due to government shutdown, OPM says

    The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday clarified that agencies should restore previously-scheduled annual leave lost in 2018 due to the government shutdown.

  • The question is: To (Medicare) B or not to B?

    Finding the best deal among 20 to 30 health plan options can be tough for young or healthy federal workers. But it is a real, albeit vital chore for those with less money and more medical problems.

  • Health insurance after you’ve gone

    Ever think what your spouse will do for health insurance after you’ve gone? He or she has been part of your family plan and they can continue coverage for life, provided you elect a survivor annuity for your spouse.

  • Got the Blue Cross blues?

    Because various Blue Cross Blue Shield plans have been so good for so long, many feds in them haven’t bothered to shop around for maybe a better deal.

  • Your health plan vs. the law of averages

    Workers and retirees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program have several choices: They can shop around, talk with their primary physicians, or, like most people they can do nothing.

  • Open season: Is it time to switch health care plans?

    Walton Francis, editor of Consumers Checkbook Guide to Federal Health Plans, joined host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to talk about best buys during FEHBP open season and why more people need to switch health care plans.

  • Government shutdown and your health plan

    The possibility of a Dec. 7 partial government shutdown is another good reason feds and especially retired government workers should pick their 2019 health plan ASAP.

  • Easy-on-the-brain health plan tips

    The health insurance open enrollment season runs through close-of-business Dec. 10. Here are three quick tips for health plan hunters from Walton Francis, author of “Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans For Federal Employees.”

  • Open season: How to pick the best health plan for you

    Walton Francis, author of the Checkbook’s Guide To Health Plans For Federal Employees, joins host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to discuss how to spot the best buys when picking out a federal health plan during open season. November 21, 2018