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Posted on Friday, 31st July 2020 by Dennis Damp

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Often as we age, health concerns take center stage and many times sideline our plans and dreams. A fact of life for retirees and those approaching retirement. Actually, this can happen at any age and it’s imperative we seek out competent medical help to get us back on our feet and enjoying life again. Request […]

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Posted on Saturday, 13th June 2020 by Dennis Damp

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The CARES Act offers temporary loan and withdrawal options for TSP participants affected by COVID-19. The dramatic stock market sell-off this past March and subsequent correction last week reduced portfolio values dramatically for many. Lower account balances for all but the bond funds make the decision to take out loans or elect a withdrawal difficult. […]

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Posted on Thursday, 4th June 2020 by Dennis Damp

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Last week’s article titled “Prescription Coverage Dilemma” described problems I encountered filling a prescription I’ve used for the past five years. The process used to fill non-preferred scripts is convoluted, and all parties suffer the consequences. I received many comments from last week’s column describing similar problems. Request Your Personal Federal Retirement Report™ Today One […]

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Posted on Monday, 1st June 2020 by Dennis Damp

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There are many things to consider when evaluating our Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) in preparation for the next Open Season: plan cost, doctor accessibility, prescription copayments and availability, coverage for current medical conditions, and so much more. Even with considerable review and research we get blindsided by unusual situations. Attend a 2-Hour Benefits Briefing […]

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Posted on Friday, 15th May 2020 by Dennis Damp

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Those planning their retirement and annuitants require accessible resources for answers to their individual and unique questions. OPM does a good job managing our retirement system overall. However, there are limits to what they can and will provide. It’s often frustrating and difficult finding competent help and the level of assistance required. There are many […]

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Posted on Saturday, 2nd May 2020 by Dennis Damp

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A number of helpful updates were added to OPM’s online annuity services website recently at https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov. They changed the way your Claim Number works on the “Sign In” and “Forgot Password” pages. My Access Screen with Personal Data Removed This change provides assistance on Claim Number formatting during site entry. When you first enter the […]

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Posted on Friday, 17th April 2020 by Dennis Damp

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is providing support for those most impacted by the pandemic. Congress passed the Act last month and one of the key provisions is providing for Economic Impact Payments to American households. Payment of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 […]

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Posted on Friday, 10th April 2020 by Dennis Damp

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According to OPM, “COVID 19 has not affected Retirement Services’ ability to process applications or deliver timely payments.” During the first quarter of 2020, 32,973 retirement packages were received by OPM and they processed 28,617. There is a backlog of 21,264 applications waiting to be processed as of March 31, 2020.   Attend a 2-Hour […]

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