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, BENEFEDS.com, 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, […]

Postal News Recap: Postmasters shot, killed, Higher health premiums, USPS facilities, New 2017 stamps

Video: Mississippi Postmaster shot in the arm during attempted robbery – PONTOTOC – Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask said authorities are looking for a white male and white female, who are suspects in the Friday morning shooting of the Randolph Postmaster. BCA says 5% of 50 million Jack-o’-lantern stamps delivered to USPS may be defective […]

Postal Service Health Benefits and the FEHBP: The Urgent Case for Getting Reform Right

By Walton J. Francis The 2016 Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 5714) proposes shifting postal retirees’ primary health care coverage from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) to Medicare. Proponents call this a consensus proposal for integrating the FEHBP with Medicare. It is not. The proposal’s impact on both postal retirees and taxpayers could be […]

OPM: Federal Employees Life Insurance (FEGLI) Open Season Guidance

3/18/16 As the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced last year the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) will have a life insurance Open Season from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. Do Employees Have to Prove Insurability? No. Employees can elect coverage during this Open Season without having to prove insurability, pass […]

USPS: Limited enrollment for Self Plus One health coverage begins Feb. 1

Limited Enrollment Period will run from February 1, 2016 until February 29, 2016 Reminder: Postal Service employees and retirees can choose Self Plus One health coverage during a special enrollment period beginning Feb. 1. The enrollment is only for employees and retirees currently in the Self and Family coverage level who want to move to […]

Warning: FEHB ‘Self-Plus One’ option can cost more than family coverage

From the Washington Post: So some folks were startled to learn that the new “self plus one” option in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program can be more expensive than family coverage, depending on the company. This option allows enrolled federal workers and retirees to purchase health insurance for themselves and one eligible family […]

USPS: OPM online tool can help employees choose health plan

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed during this year’s open season, help is available. Open season is the annual period when Postal Service employees can change their health benefits or enroll in a new plan. This year’s open season begins Nov. 9. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers an online plan comparison tool that allows […]

USPS: Four health plan types available during open season

Four types of health plans will be available to Postal Service employees during this year’s open season benefits enrollment period. The plans, highlighted on the open season site on LiteBlue, include: Health maintenance organizations (HMOs), which provide care from plan physicians and hospitals located in particular geographic or service areas. Fee-for-service plans with preferred provider […]