Senate Committee Approves Legislation Affecting Federal Workers

A Senate Committee has advanced legislation increasing the monetary amount of separation incentives, providing direct hire authority for recent graduates, and expanding agencies’ use of temporary and term employees.

img_7869Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) held a business meeting and reported out the following bills, introduced by Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford (R-OK), by voice vote: Continue reading “Senate Committee Approves Legislation Affecting Federal Workers”

Release of 2018 Health Care Insurance Premium Rates for Federal Employees

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has released the 2018 premium rates for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Cadillac Plan TaxToday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) briefed NTEU on the premium rate increases in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) for 2018 that covers approximately 8.3 million federal employees, retirees, and eligible family members. In plan year 2018, the FEHBP will consist of 262 health plans government wide. Overall, premium increases for FEHBP plans in 2018 will average 4%; 3.2 % for the government and 6.1% for enrollees. Rate increases for the 1.9 million participants in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program will be 1.26% for dental coverage, and vision benefit premiums, paid by approximately 1.3 million individuals, will decrease by 0.48%. Continue reading “Release of 2018 Health Care Insurance Premium Rates for Federal Employees”