New cost controls sought in federal employee health-care program

By Eric Yoder – January 24, 2018 The Trump administration sent its first major signal Tuesday of its intentions for the federal-employee health-insurance program, seeking financial incentives for enrollees to hold down their spending on health-care and additional controls by insurance companies on prescription-drug costs. A letter to companies participating in the Federal Employees Health…

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NARFE: FEHBP Premium Increase in 2018

Press Release – October 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…

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USPS Retiree Newsletter: Open Season is coming soon!

Do you know the difference between a deductible and a copayment?  If not, don’t feel bad. Many people are confused by health insurance terminology. The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is approaching.  Open Season begins November 13, 2017 and ends December 11, 2017. This is your once in a year opportunity to choose the health benefits that…

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NALC President: 24 million reasons to reverse course

Although letter carriers are fortunate enough to have good health insurance through our jobs, we have a lot riding on whether President Trump reverses course on health care. Of course, we worry for our families and friends and, as Americans, we care about what kind of country we are—whether we care for the disabled and…

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Statement on the 2016 APWU National Election and H.R. 756 by Jerry Stidman

Stidman: Statement on the 2016 APWU National Election I appreciated the opportunity to enter a truly democratic process. Thank you to the 6618 APWU members who voted for me. Your voice will not go unheard. First, I would like to congratulate Mark Dimondstein on the apparent election to his second term as American Postal Workers…

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2017 health premiums: It could have been so much worse

By Mike Causey – October 18, 2016 Whether you think your 2017 health premiums are going up an average of 4.4 percent, or 6.2 percent — and both numbers are accurate — the good news is that it could have been so much higher. Many private sector group health plans are going up 10 to…

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APWU: Deadline Nears for PSEs to Sign Up for Health Benefits

Web News Article #: 126-20160 06/20/2016 – Postal Support Employees (PSEs) represented by the APWU have until June 30, 2016, to enroll in health insurance through the USPS Health Benefits (USPSHB) Plan. Coverage will be effective on July 9, 2016. Under the terms of an agreement between the APWU and management, the Postal Service will…

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APWU Negotiates New Health Benefit for PSEs

Web News Article #: 085-2016 04/14/2016 – Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will soon be able to sign up for health insurance during their first year of employment, President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Currently, PSEs can enroll only after they complete their first 360-day appointment. The Postal Service will contribute at least $125 per pay period…

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