USPS: Benefits enrollment period begins Nov. 13

11/3/2017 Open season, the annual period when Postal Service employees can change their health benefits or enroll in a new plan, begins Monday, Nov. 13. A variety of health, vision and dental coverage is available through the following plans and programs: Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) USPS Health Benefits Plan (USPSHB) for non-career employees […]

GOP health insurance plan for feds part of larger assault on compensation

10/17/2017 After repeatedly failing in their cynical efforts that would cut millions from health insurance rolls, congressional Republicans now are attacking the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). Together with President Trump’s earlier budget plan, which would slice and dice federal retirement, Capitol Hill and the White House have mounted a multi-front assault on federal […]

Postal News Recap: usps new trucks, GOP candidate pipe bomb, wildfires, COLA, FEHB, OT,

  GOP candidate arrested for mailing pipe bomb package that exploded and injured pregnant postal worker 10/15/17 A former Republican political candidate in Indiana who authored a right-wing blog was arrested this week for allegedly mailing a pipe bomb and a threatening letter containing a bullet to two of his political opponents. The pipe bomb […]

NARFE: FEHB Program Premium Increase Highlights Need for COLA Reform

10/4/2017 Alexandria, VA – The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today announced the average Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program premium for America’s retired and active federal workers will increase 4.0 percent in 2018, with the average enrollee’s share rising 6.1 percent. In response, Richard G. Thissen, president of the National Active and Retired Federal […]

House Passes Budget Targeting Federal Retirement and Health Benefit Programs for $32 billion in Cuts

10/5/2017 Alexandria, VA – The House of Representatives passed a fiscal year 2018 budget resolution today that targets the retirement and health benefits of our nation’s federal employees and retirees for substantial cuts in an effort to offset the cost of expected tax policy changes. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President […]

OPM Announces 2018 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Premiums

10/4/2017 WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that the overall average increase in total premiums for the 2018 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will rise by an average of four percent. The Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from November 13 to December 11, 2017, gives Federal employees […]

Postmasters: House to Consider Cuts to Retirement and Health Benefits This Week

10/2/2017 During the latter part of this week, the House of Representatives will vote on a budget bill (H.Con.Res. 71) that would, in part, require the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to slash postal and federal benefits by at least $32 billion over the next decade. In addition, the budget bill would move the Postal […]

OPM announce dates for 2017 FEHB Open Season

8/3/17 The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially announced the dates for the 2017 FEHB Open Season which will run from Monday, November 13 through Monday, December 11, 2017. During the annual Open Season, employees can take the actions listed below for the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS), Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance […]

Texas Treatment Center for Injured Postal Employees Settles Health Care Fraud Case

Union Treatment Center to Pay $3 Million and Be Permanently Excluded from Federal Health Care Programs under False Claims Act Settlement 6/7/17 Union Treatment Center (“UTC”), a medical and physical therapy provider with clinics in Austin, Killeen, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi, will pay $3 million to settle civil health care fraud allegations, announced U.S. […]

OPM Extends Open Season for FEDVIP Dental and Vision Changes

December 12, 2016- OPM has announced that it has extended the opportunity to make FEDVIP dental and vision enrollments/change/cancellations until midnight on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. The dental and vision enrollment website,, is currently undergoing repairs due to technical issues, however, the call center (1-877-888-3337) is open until midnight on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, […]