health care

  • Pick or pay, your call

    The good news, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, is that there’s still time to save $1,000 to $2,000 next year on health premiums. The bad news is that time is running out!

  • Open Season continues with Kaiser Permanente

    This week on the For Your Benefit radio show, hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan welcome John Patrick, FEHB director for Kaiser Permanente for the Maryland/Washington, D.C./Virginia region to the show. This is the latest in our series of weekly shows devoted to the range of health insurance plans available to feds during Open Season.

  • TGIF or not

    Whether you are working today or at home, take a minute to emerge from your turkey-induced haze and think about your 2015 health plan, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

  • Two can live as cheaply as one if …

    Some federal couples try to save money by each purchasing a self-only plan. The total premium will be less, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, but that could be a problem if both of you have a major illness or accident next year.

  • The FEHBP’s three prime numbers

    The Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan is a game of numbers. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares which three numbers feds should be focusing on during open season.

  • Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    Open season 2014 is underway. Feds who turn 65 next year are facing a decision — whether or not to enroll in Medicare Part B. If they enroll, they’ll be paying an additional $1,200 on top of what they already pay for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the pros and cons of enrolling in Part B.

  • FEHBP open season with Walton Francis

    Walton Francis, author of the CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, will answer your calls and emails about FEHBP open season. November 12, 2014

  • Are you in the wrong health care plan?

    Health plan expert Walton Francis says that about half of all federal employees are paying too much for heath care. Now that it’s Open Season, feds have a chance to turn that around.

  • Online Chat: Ask the Benefits Expert

    Benefits expert David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joins Federal News Radio’s Mike Causey for an online chat about Open Season and federal benefits.

  • It’s your choice: Bankruptcy insurance or catastrophic coverage

    During open season, feds and retirees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have dozens of choices ranging from low-premium health maintenance organizations to plans that provide national and worldwide coverage, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.