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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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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NARFE warns postal reform bill could raise health premiums for federal workers

By Nicole Ogrysko – May 25, 2021 A bipartisan bill designed to bring desired financial relief to the U.S. Postal Service could have implications for the rest of the federal workforce, potentially raising health insurance costs for employees and retirees, an employee advocacy organization warns. For the first time in years, momentum is building in…

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Industrial Relations Director Zimmerman Writes to OPM for Clarification on EFEL Guidelines

May 10, 2021 On May 7, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman wrote a letter to Kathleen McGettigan, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), requesting guidance on the interpretation of certain guidelines for Emergency Federal Employment Leave (EFEL). Director Zimmerman’s letter follows OPM’s release of the EFEL guidelines on April 29. Since the…

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USPS Memo Addressing Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL)

NPMHU – March 19, 2021 Please find linked below a copy of the above referenced memorandum from the Postal Service regarding the American Rescue Plan Act – Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL). According to the Postal Service, this memorandum supplements the March 12, 2021, memorandum addressing the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) – Emergency Federal…

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COVID-19 is an Act of God (Nature)

The USPS COVID-19 decision tree (1-21-2021) says when a non-symptomatic employee shares a household with a COVID-19 positive individual or has been exposed outside of work to a COVID-19 positive individual, they are to be sent home without pay unless they use their own annual or sick leave. The employee that reveals this private information…

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USPS: Annual benefits enrollment period begins

Open season, the once-a-year opportunity for Postal Service employees to make changes to their health coverage or choose a new plan, is Nov. 9-Dec. 14 this year. Here’s what you should know: • You should review your coverage. The Postal Service wants you to evaluate your options to ensure you have the coverage you need…

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USPS: Benefits enrollment period begins next week

Open season, the annual period when Postal Service employees can change their health benefits or enroll in a new plan, begins Monday, Nov. 9. A variety of health, vision and dental coverage is available through the following plans and programs: Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) USPS Health Benefits Plan (USPSHBP) for non-career employees only…

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