USPS: OPM directs FEHB plans to cover COVID-19 test kits 

February 23, 2022 The Office of Personnel Management has directed Federal Employees Health Benefits Program plans to offer expanded coverage for over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits. This coverage must be provided without adding any cost-sharing requirements or prior authorization. In addition, plans are required to reimburse out-of-network costs up to $12 per test. Plans have the…

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USPS Non-Career Health Benefits Plan: Changes took effect Jan. 1

January 13, 2021 CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield became the new administrator of the USPS Health Benefits Plan on Jan. 1. USPS Health Benefits Plan participants who were enrolled during 2021 and made no changes during open season were automatically transferred to the new plan. Member ID cards were mailed to participants, beginning Jan. 2. To register…

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Postal Retirees: 2021 Open Season Virtual Benefits Fair

Open Season is here! Postal Service retirees who have already elected to participate in a FEHB plan may change their health benefits or enroll in new plans starting Monday, November 8, 2021 through Monday, December 13, 2021. USPS is offering a nationwide Virtual Benefits Fair with participating Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) carriers. The…

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USPS: Verify eligible family members for FEHB

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is requiring all federal agencies to verify eligible family members who are enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB). This means that the Postal Service, the Office of Personnel Management and insurance companies that offer FEHB plans can request proof of family member eligibility from an employee…

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Fighting for the Right to Your Federal Benefits

Federal employees meet virtually with lawmakers to make their voices heard on compensation issues. By Tammy Flanagan – June 24, 2021 This week I had the opportunity to attend the legislative conference of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. This impressive three-day event was held entirely on a virtual platform and included lessons…

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NARFE warns postal reform bill could raise health premiums for federal workers

By Nicole Ogrysko – May 25, 2021 A bipartisan bill designed to bring desired financial relief to the U.S. Postal Service could have implications for the rest of the federal workforce, potentially raising health insurance costs for employees and retirees, an employee advocacy organization warns. For the first time in years, momentum is building in…

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USPS: Benefits enrollment period begins next week

Open season, the annual period when Postal Service employees can change their health benefits or enroll in a new plan, begins Monday, Nov. 9. 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 (USPSHBP) for non-career employees only…

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Open Season benefits enrollment period ends Dec. 9

If you want to change your health benefits or enroll in a new plan, you must act now. The annual open season benefits enrollment period ends Monday, Dec. 9, at 11:59 p.m. EST. This is the last chance most Postal Service employees will have until next November to consider new health, vision, dental or flexible…

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