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Posted on Friday, 26th October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is offering a new lower cost fee-for-Service Focus Plan in 2019. This article compares the BCBS Focus plan to the GEHA Standard plan. Many federal annuitants opt for a lower cost Federal Employee’s Health Benefit (FEHB) plan once they sign up for Medicare. The majority of FEHB plans waive many […]

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Posted on Friday, 19th October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Medicare recently announced the standard Part B premium amount of $135.50 for 2019. Most people will pay the standard Part B monthly premium. If your modified adjusted gross income as reported on your IRS tax return from 2 years ago is above a certain amount, you’ll pay the standard premium and an Income Related Monthly […]

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Posted on Thursday, 11th October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019. CSRS annuitants will receive the full amount, FERS retirees will receive a 2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The 2.8 percent COLA will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 10th October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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The U.S Census Bureau under the Department of Commerce will be hiring thousands of census workers between now and 2020 to conduct the upcoming census.  Most of the positions are available for anyone to apply. Because the labor market is at full employment, federal employees and annuitants may also apply under certain conditions without impacting […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently announced that the average 2019 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, the lowest increase since the 1996 plan year. 2019 FEHB Plan Rates Under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision […]

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