PMG Seeks to Take Us Out of Federal Healthcare Plan (APWU article from 2013)

(This article appeared in the September-October 2013 edition of The American Postal Worker.) Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe renewed his call to remove postal employees and retirees from the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 17. “Now is the time for bold and sweeping action,”…

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Postal Retirees are getting screwed when it comes to Medicare and FEHB

I made a recent comment on a post that offered the opinion that Postal employees are getting screwed when it comes to Medicare. I said that Insurance companies are getting a “get out of jail free” pass. I based that opinion on what we pay, rather than what we get. When I first got involved…

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October USPS Retiree E-Newsletter: Open Season is Coming Soon

October USPS Retiree E-Newsletter  

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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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