Posted on Wednesday, 30th November 2016 by Dennis Damp

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About two years ago I purchased hearing aids from Costco and talked about the process in an article titled “Did You Hear That? A Fitting End to a Frustrating Problem.” The two hearing aids were only $1699.00 and my FEHB plan reimbursed me for the total amount. I had to have Costco send one of […]

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Posted on Monday, 1st August 2016 by Dennis Damp

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FEGLI Open Season Update A number of our subscribers have sent questions about the upcoming FEGLI Open Season and are not sure what options to consider. Open season runs from September 1 through September 30, 2016. It’s time to review your current insurance coverage and determine your true insurance needs before it’s too late. You […]

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Posted on Saturday, 9th July 2016 by Dennis Damp

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The FEGLI Open Season runs from September 1 through September 30, 2016 and I wrote an article last October about the options available and new premiums. I began the article with, “Even if you think, like I did in 2004 when the last open season was offered, that you have sufficient coverage you may be […]

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Posted on Thursday, 14th April 2016 by Dennis Damp

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Eleven years and counting since retiring in 2004 at age 55. Those who follow my column know that I didn’t retire: I just changed jobs and now work from home pretty much full time. Business keeps me busy and over the past two years I’ve simplified operations so that my wife and I can devote […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 27th January 2016 by Dennis Damp

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I typically purchase Intuit TurboTax Home & Business software in mid December each year to start working on our income taxes. I was able to download my Statement of Annuity Paid (1099 R Form) direct from OPM’s retirement services web site on January 17th!  Typically retirees receive these forms in the mail by the end […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 15th December 2015 by Dennis Damp

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I receive email messages from retirees and survivors each year that can’t find their CSA claim number and are uncertain as to what benefits they elected when they retired. At least once a year we receive a Notice of Annuity Adjustment, shortly after the new year starts, that provides abundant information for annuitants and their […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 29th April 2015 by Dennis Damp

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Up until recently the only way you could obtain a federal retirement ID Card, officially referred to as a “Retirement Services Reference Card,” was to call OPM and request a copy. They would send it in the mail and you would receive it in 5 to 7 business days. Recently OPM Services Online added a […]

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Posted on Sunday, 29th March 2015 by Nancy Holston

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A step back in time awaits you in this seaside city on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Whenever I visit I always plan lunch or dinner at The Columbia Restaurant. It sits in the center of the old city and is a personal favorite. They offer sangrias made table side, the white is the best […]

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