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The annual Federal Benefits Open Season 2022 starts on November 14 and is open through December 12, 2022. Employees and annuitants can assess the various plans to ensure they are cost-efficient and best address the care and services needed.

FEHB Open Season

The average FEHB premium increase is 7.2 percent for plan year 2023. The new rates were announced this week and a complete list of premiums is available. The overall FEDVIP average premium for dental plans is increasing by 0.21 percent, and the overall average premium for vision plans will decrease by 0.41 percent.

Inflation continues to impact us in all areas, from the grocery store and gas station to health care and everything in between. There is no escaping its impact; today’s higher costs wiped out this year’s COLA months ago.

I checked the premiums for the self-plus-one Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) basic (113) and GEHA standard (316) plans. BCBS monthly premium increased $47.17 to $472.12 while GEHA’s premium increased $28.47 to $320.39. The annual increases are $566 for BCBS Basic and $341 for GEHA Standard!

Now is a good time to compare your current plan to the 271 health plans available for 2023. OPM reports that only 2.5% of enrollees changed their health coverage during the last open season.

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