OPM Announces 2019 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums

Press Release – September 26, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that for plan year 2019, the average total premiums for current non-Postal employees and retirees enrolled in plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase 1.3 percent, which is the lowest increase since the…

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USPS Retirees: Keep your health a priority this holiday season

The holidays are a time for family, friends, appreciating what you have and giving back to your community. However, the holidays also take us away from our regularly scheduled routine, which for many of us can cause overeating and not getting exercise into the day. Following a few simple steps can help you avoid overeating…

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USPS OIG Blog: Keep it Clean… and Safe

We hear a lot about the U.S. Postal Service’s brand. And rightfully so. The brand is among its most precious assets. The post office lobby is certainly a lens through which the customer views the brand. A post office lobby is the principal business office of the Postal Service and often the only close-up look…

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USPS introduces Employee Health and Wellness site

The Postal Service has introduced a site on LiteBlue to help employees manage their health. The Health and Wellness site offers information on federal health plans, including instructions on accessing free annual check-ups, screenings and other preventive services. The site also has information on financial incentives to encourage employees to perform health assessments. Additionally, employees…

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ELM Revision: Medical Emergencies – Immediately contact 911

Effective May 14, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) to update the section covering Medical Emergencies. Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 8 Safety, Health, and Environment 86 Occupational Health Services 866 Medical Emergencies [Add new 866.1 and renumber current section 866.1 as new 866.2 to read as…

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USPS OIG: Leaving Traditional Benefits Behind?

Offering workplace benefits such as health and retirement programs and paid vacations is a well established way to attract and retain talented workers. But the structure of these offerings has been changing in the public and private sectors over the past 20 to 30 years for several reasons, including rising pension debts; a more mobile…

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CDL Health Issues

May 1, 2014 – (This article appears in the May-June 2014 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) By Michael Foster, Motor Vehicle Service Division Director Those of us who hold Commercial Driver’s Licenses often treat the every-two-years medical exams required by the Department of Transportation as a nuisance. We should take them seriously. Before we…

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