health care

  • STRIDES aims to standardize, increase access to biomedical data

    The more accessible and standardized the data, the faster and better research can take place. That’s in part the idea behind a National Institutes of Health information technology initiative known as STRIDES.

  • When health premiums and your budget collide

    When low premiums are a must it’s hard to beat the federal employee health benefits program. Uncle Sam pays the lion’s share of the premium and there are some bargains in the program, if you know where to look.

  • 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.

  • Confessions of a health plan hypocrite

    Over the long Thanksgiving weekend Mike Causey visited with probably two dozen current or former feds, none of whom have made any change in their health care coverage in the last five to seven years.

  • 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.”

  • Pay less, get more health plan(s)

    Hundreds of thousands of active and retired federal and postal workers have the opportunity to pay less and get more as the health insurance hunting season runs through Dec. 10.

  • Wilkie says Congress won’t go along with VA budget cuts

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Willkie said he is not concerned his agency will be impacted by President Donald Trump’s request that agencies trim their budgets by 5 percent in 2020.

  • More female vets means VA needs better women’s health care

    The support group Disabled American Veterans highlighted how VA could improve its care for women.