health insurance

  • Walton Francis: Open Season doesn’t have to be overwhelming

    Walton Francis, expert and adviser on federal health insurance joined Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey for an online chat about navigating FEHBP’s increases and plan eliminations for 2016.

  • ‘Self plus one’ offers premium break for two-person families

    It’s always good to know your options, especially when it comes to figuring out your health insurance premiums next year, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

  • 5 things that could be coming to your FEHBP plan in 2016

    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.

  • Save $1,000 next year in FEHBP premiums

    Health insurance premiums for white-collar federal workers or government retirees will run anywhere from $1,200 to nearly $6,000 next year. Wouldn’t it be nice to save $1,000? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

  • Insurance against the vacation from hell

    What if you’re a federal employee or retiree who gets sick overseas? Will your health insurance plan cover you? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has all the answers — or knows someone who does.

  • Open Season overview continues with Kaiser Permanente

    John Patrick and Dr. Amy Banulis from Kaiser Permanente join host Bob Leins to discuss the company’s health care plan. November 18, 2013

  • Federal health premiums to rise 3.7 percent in 2014

    Health premiums for federal employees are going up an average of 3.7 percent, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Postal Service employees, who separate negotiating rights over premiums, will see, on average, a 3.8 percent increase.

  • OPM to manage part of Affordable Care Act program

    The launch of state insurance exchanges will have little impact on most federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management says. It’s a different story for OPM, itself, however. Due to its experience managing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, OPM has been tasked with managing a part of the new health exchange system.

  • OPM in talks to add 6 new carriers to FEHBP

    The Office of Personnel Management is in talks with six additional health care providers to join the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, according to John O’Brien, OPM’s director of health care and insurance. OPM has been working over the past few years to add plans to the FEHB program in a bid to increase competition, O’Brien said in a keynote address at the 2013 FEHB Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va.

  • Insurance options to consider as Open Season draws to a close

    Benefits consultant Walton Francis offers top tips for federal employees considering a new health plan. Open Season runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.