Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program Special Enrollment Period (SEP)

PSHB Special Enrollment Period (SEP) As part of the new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program, you may be eligible to participate in the PSHB Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Medicare Part B. The PSHB SEP applies to certain Postal Service annuitants and family members who were entitled to Medicare Part A, but not enrolled…

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ELM Revision: Postal Service Health Benefits Education Program

On March 31, 2024, the Postal Service will revise the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), part 520, by adding new section 521.8 to reflect the Postal Service establishing the Postal Service Health Benefits Education Program (PSHBEP), as required under the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. Although the Postal Service will not publish these revisions…

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USPS Retiree E-Newsletter: Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 (PSRA) was signed into law in April 2022. Since then, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in conjunction with the Postal Service, has been working to implement the new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program, as required under the new law. PSHB is a new, separate program within…

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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: New law will effect employee health and retirement benefits.

April 12, 2022 The Postal Service reform legislation that President Biden signed into law on April 6 will involve changes to employees’ health and retirement benefits. USPS understands that employees have many questions, so here are a few things to know: • The law establishes the Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program, which will provide…

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Oversight Committee Integrates NARFE’s Proposals Into Draft Postal Bill

By Evan Dean – March 2, 2021 Last week, House Oversight and Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, presented draft postal reform legislation incorporating provisions NARFE has long advocated, including Medicare integration that preserves current postal retirees’ choice regarding whether to enroll in Medicare Part B. In advance of a hearing reviewing the legislation and other…

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Postal Reform Legislation Must Uphold Promises To Retirees

John Hatton – May 13, 2019 At last month’s postal hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Postmaster General Megan Brennan reiterated support for so-called “full Medicare integration” as a major component of a solution to the Postal Service’s financial woes. This innocuous-sounding proposal has been included in every leading postal reform…

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