Federal workers and retirees will have a limited option to downsize their health premiums next month. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it’s a good deal for some people.
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks, how would you like to work for a place where management offered you a wide variety of health plans, paid for a majority of your premium and let you shop at home or on company time?
Thanks to the immense interest in the new self-plus-one option under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, the Office of Personnel Management is processing twice as many transactions than average.
Anticipating what procedures and medicines work and don’t work before illness or injury treatment starts can save lives. It can also reduce pain and suffering and lower the cost of health care. Sriram Vishwanath is a professor at the University of Texas, Austin in the Cockrell School of Engineering and co-founder and CEO of Accordion Health. He tells Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson on Federal Drive with Tom Temin how health care providers are beginning to understand all of the benefits predictive analytics can bring.
Guess how many federal health plan brochures are among the best selling plans? Zero, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.
The defense authorization bill agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators would affect military pocketbooks in ways both big and small. It includes a 1.3 percent pay increase for uniformed service members but chips away at the military’s pension system. In exchange for shrinking pensions, it encourages current troops — and mandates that future ones — invest in the Thrift Savings Plan.
The Senate passed a piece of legislation Wednesday that will help the Veterans Affairs Department avoid a budget shortfall that could impact the care some veterans receive.
In England and in some parts of this country, a “take away” is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington “take away” is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.
Expect some new health care options when open season rolls around later this year. We break down the Office of Personnel Management’s letter to insurers about 2016 coverage.
The Department of Veterans Affairs investigated a security hole in a telehealth program. VA said personal information for more than 7,000 vets was been exposed, but the Federal Times reports both the VA and the vendor that provided the service said no data was stolen. Keith Trippie, chief executive officer of The Trippie Group, was former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office at the Department of Homeland Security. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose even with the security risks telehealth initiatives will help government serve citizens better and save the government money in a couple different ways.