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Posted on Saturday, 14th December 2019 by Dennis Damp

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I have a medical condition called Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (PAF), intermittently my heart goes into arrhythmia. This past year I ended up in the emergency room when I wasn’t able to control the attack with traditional methods. The ER doctor asked if I took my EKG with my Apple watch during the attack. Unfortunately, I […]

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Posted on Friday, 15th November 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Retirement is more of a destination unlike a planned vacation where you return to work a few days after the trip is over.  Whether you are going on vacation or planning your retirement you have to research and prepare to make the event truly remarkable. Carole, one of our newsletter subscribers, asked if I had […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 30th October 2019 by Dennis Damp

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The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season for selecting our 2020 healthcare plans runs from November 11th through December 9th this year. There are tools available to evaluate provider options, select your 2020 plan, and submit changes to OPM. Use the following resources to make an informed decision for you and your family’s health care […]

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Posted on Sunday, 21st July 2019 by Shawn McCoy

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I would like to welcome Shawn McCoy, President and Founder of Federal Employee Benefits Advocates, LLC (FEBA) an educational and training company, to our guest forum.  Mr. McCoy is an expert on Federal employee benefits and has spoken to over 19,000 Federal employees over the last 10 years.  This is his first of many artilces […]

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Posted on Saturday, 18th May 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Those approaching age 70 ½ and older are often perplexed about their Thrift Savings Plan RMD withdrawal options and how to efficiently manage the transaction’s proceeds. Some of the concerns are your TSP balance decreases with each withdrawal, annual income and taxes increase, and the earned income potential vanishes for the cash you now have […]

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Posted on Friday, 10th May 2019 by Dennis Damp

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I have two short updates to cover before starting Trust but Verify. First, Joe wrote after reading It’s Time to Get Real that you need to check your individual state’s document requirements when applying for the new REAL ID. Your State may require different forms of ID and residency documentation than what Pennsylvania requires. He […]

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Posted on Friday, 26th October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is offering a new lower cost fee-for-Service Focus Plan in 2019. This article compares the BCBS Focus plan to the GEHA Standard plan. Many federal annuitants opt for a lower cost Federal Employee’s Health Benefit (FEHB) plan once they sign up for Medicare. The majority of FEHB plans waive many […]

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Posted on Saturday, 10th March 2018 by Dennis Damp

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I frequently listen to XM radio’s sixties on channel 6 while I’m out and about. Last week, on my way to my cardiologist’s office, they played The Beat Goes On by Sonny and Cher. I visualized Sonny and Cher on stage singing, “Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain La de da de de, […]

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