USPS: Use PostalEASE to change benefits

December 5, 2023 Postal Service employees can use PostalEASE to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or the USPS Health Benefits Plan. PostalEASE¬†can be accessed from the Benefits Enrollment Changes section of the¬†Open Season LiteBlue page, or by calling the employee service line at 877-477-3273 and selecting option 1. The Federal Relay Service…

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USPS updates employees on payroll deductions

January 24, 2023 Postal Service employees who have dental or vision insurance through BENEFEDS did not receive a payroll deduction during the Dec. 31, 2022-Jan. 13, 2023, pay period. Benefits are still active and deductions will resume during the Jan. 14-27 pay period. Employees do not need to take any action or pay a catch-up…

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Open Questions About Open Season

December 1, 2022 The annual open season for choosing a health, dental, and vision plan under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Plan, and flexible spending accounts is more than halfway over. That leaves only two weekends left to consider your options for 2023. For many federal retirees and…

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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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