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Posted on Friday, 23rd October 2020 by Dennis Damp

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Many annuitants change to a lower cost FEHB plan because most plans waive the majority of the deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance payments when you sign up for Medicare Part A & B. These low cost FEHB plans are often considered when enrolling in Medicare. Request Your Personalized Federal Retirement Report™ Today The Advantage of Signing […]

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Posted on Monday, 19th October 2020 by Dennis Damp

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Our government reports that inflation is low, yet every time we turn around prices are increasing.  I often ponder why our COLAs, 1.3% for 2021, are so low most years when costs for essentials are increasing. We are used to paying more for everything these days so it shouldn’t be a surprise to everyone that […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 13th October 2020 by Dennis Damp

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I reported in mid-September that the 2021 COLA was projected to be anywhere from .44% to as high as 1.2% according to Kiplinger’s. The Social Security Administration announced a 1.3% COLA increase on October 13th for 2020. CSRS and FERS annuitants will receive the full 1.3% this year. View the table of all COLAs from […]

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Posted on Saturday, 26th September 2020 by Dennis Damp

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The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP) has 3.3 million enrollees including 1.7 million enrollees enrolled in both programs.  This program provides dental and vision benefits to a total of 6.9 million Federal employees, uniformed service members, retirees and their family members. Request a Federal Retirement Report™ to review projected annuity payments, income verses expenses, […]

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Posted on Saturday, 12th September 2020 by Dennis Damp

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We can expect a smaller COLA increase for 2021. The final number will be released on October 13th.  The August issue of Kiplinger magazine estimated an increase of 1.2% while others suggest a much lower figure of .44%. Both projections are much lower than the 1.6% we received last year. Projected COLA Going Down The […]

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Posted on Saturday, 22nd August 2020 by Dennis Damp

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Estate planning is a sensitive issue and many avoid the subject until it’s too late. This can and will compromise your heir’s benefits, or at least delay them when they will be needed most.  It’s never too late to start. It is advisable to compile this information long before it will be needed, and the […]

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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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