Get a Life!: Open season extended
In case you missed it, the Office of Personnel Management has extended
the open season for federal employee health benefits (including health,
dental, vision and flexible spending accounts) until the end of January
2009. The original end date was Dec. 8.
OPM was prodded to do
it after the House Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District
of Columbia Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), held a
hearing Dec. 3 on how the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health Benefit
affected federal employees.
Several groups, including the
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association and the
National Treasury Employees Union, called on Blue Cross/Blue Shield to
reverse its decision to require federal employees and retirees enrolled
in the “standard option” to pay a $7,500 co-pay for out-of-network
non-emergency surgical and maternity services.
On Dec. 5, OPM
reported that the agency has asked all FEHB carriers to re-evaluate
their benefits for non-emergency surgeries and has instructed federal
agencies to accept Open Season enrollments and changes through January
Blue Cross/Blue Shield standard option also included
the highest increase in premiums (13 percent) among federal program
health insurers for 2009. OPM’s action does not include any premium
Posted by Judith Welles on Dec 09, 2008 at 12:13 PM