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Posted on Saturday, 13th November 2021 by Dennis Damp

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This summary compares the 2022 GEHA Standard and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Basic plans. There are many other plans to consider. I used these two nationwide providers because BCBS has the most subscribers and GEHA has one of the lowest premiums for their standard plan. Many annuitants change to a lower cost FEHB plan […]

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Posted on Friday, 5th November 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Open season runs from November 8th through December 13th.  There are tools available to evaluate provider options, select your 2022 plan, and submit changes to OPM. Use the following resources to make an informed decision for you and your family’s health care needs. Forward this article to others that can use this “Open Season” information. […]

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Posted on Friday, 29th October 2021 by Dennis Damp

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There are many things to consider when reviewing your FEHB health care plans during open season.  Plan premiums and benefits change year to year. Without a thorough review and comparison between plans you could unintentionally pass up a better deal.  I know this firsthand, as a federal employee for 36 years and a retiree these […]

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Posted on Friday, 8th October 2021 by Dennis Damp

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We are used to paying more for everything these days so it shouldn’t be a surprise again this year that the majority of our Federal Employee’s Health Benefits (FEHB) premiums are going up. The average total premiums for current non-Postal employees and annuitants enrolled in plans under the FEHB Program will increase 2.4 percent for […]

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Posted on Saturday, 18th September 2021 by Dennis Damp

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The older generations, including retirees and those still working and planning their exit, have a vast collective voice that is often ignored or relegated to background noise by the news media, big tech, political parties, and others. The older generations have ways to effect change to a greater degree than most realize. Only a small […]

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Posted on Friday, 3rd September 2021 by Dennis Damp

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When can I retire? A question asked often by those approaching retirement age and by those early in their career who have the foresight to think ahead. It isn’t as simple a decision as reaching your eligibility date, especially if you haven’t prepared early in your career to have the assets necessary to make this […]

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Posted on Friday, 6th August 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Your annuity, a defined benefit retirement plan, is determined by the retirement system that you are in, either the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Approximately 2 percent of current federal employees are under the old CSRS / CSRS Offset system, the FERS program was established in the 1980s. […]

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Posted on Thursday, 22nd July 2021 by Dennis Damp

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A number of our newsletter subscribers commented on my article titled, “Unexpected Medical Expenses.”  Several stand out and need further clarifications. One of particular interest was from Richard, he will turn 65 later this year and wanted to know if the drug manufacturer’s “savings card” that he now uses would be accepted after signing up […]

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