health insurance

  • 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.

  • Ready to retire? Check back in 5 years

    Each year hundreds, maybe thousands of feds learn the hard way about the five-year rule for keeping coverage under FEHBP in retirement.

  • Tammy Flanagan: ‘Your plan might be changing’

    Feds need to check their health benefits this open season, even if they don’t intend on changing plans; the plans themselves could be changing.

  • Want long term care coverage? Now is the time

    Crippling medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in this country, but federal workers can avoid financial ruin — if they pay attention to open season.

  • Treading water: Feds need pay raise to pay 2019 health premiums

    Many people will actually pay less for coverage in 2019 than they are paying this year. That’s for sure, and it’s a very big deal.

  • Would you recommend the government as an employer?

    The government should be the employer of choice for many people. But is it? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might recommend a government job, and some reasons why you might not.

  • Going up: Pay, pensions and premiums — what are the odds?

    President Donald Trump said a pay freeze wouldn’t hurt Uncle Sam in either recruiting or retaining good people. Government unions denounced the proposed pay freeze and Trump’s attitude toward federal workers.

  • Job insecurity, higher health premiums on tap?

    Some politicians think the at-will hiring system is so good and works so well they want to extend it to federal civil servants in the executive branch.

  • FEHB participants will have one or two more insurance plan options

    A complex regulation change from the Office of Personnel Management opens up a few more options to enrollees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

  • Mandatory Medicare Part B and postal reform

    The two primary unions representing postal workers support a bipartisan postal reform bill in March, while the National Active and Retired Federal Employees opposes it for fear it will force retirees to take Medicare Part B.