Online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants for NTEU Members

NTEU members will have access to Consumers’ Checkbook’s online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants beginning Monday, November 12, 2018.

Health insurance taxI am pleased to announce that NTEU members will again have access to Consumers’ Checkbook’s online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants. All NTEU members who currently or are planning to participate in Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) plans or the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) are eligible to use this online guide.

The guide will be available through NTEU’s web site, www.nteu.org, in the Benefit section throughout Open Season (from November 12 through December 10, 2018). Please click on the Consumer’s Checkbook icon. It will remain available throughout 2019 for NTEU members who are new hires or are current enrollees with a qualifying life event change. The online guide was developed by Consumers’ Checkbook, a nonprofit organization that has published an annual paperback version of its guide for more than 30 years.

This online guide is an innovative way to obtain reliable, useful information about the many health plans available under the FEHB and make fast, easy, personalized plan comparisons. The guide compares and ranks plans based on total costs including account premiums and estimated out-of-pocket costs (e.g., deductibles, co-payments, and prescription drugs); and on the yearly maximum that an enrollee could possibly have to pay out-of-pocket. The guide will also offer comparisons of the FEDVIP dental and vision plans available to federal employees. The site has been praised for its ease of use. Members will be able to compare plan costs, review quality ratings, consider plan features, and gauge plan flexibility on issues like choice of doctors and other factors.

This online tool will be available beginning the first day of the federal open season, November 12, 2018. Please note that it will not be available prior to 11/12/18. Here’s a flier with this information, which can be posted to bulletin boards or desk dropped.

CHECKBOOK’S 2019 ONLINE GUIDE to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Retirees EXCLUSIVELY FOR NTEU MEMBERS! FEHBP, FSA, AND FEDVIP OPEN SEASONS November 12 – December 10 NTEU is pleased to announce that CHECKBOOK’s online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants is once again available to NTEU members at no cost. The online guide, found in the member benefits section of www.nteu.org, provides: Real Cost Comparisons – Plans are ranked by estimates of actual out-of-pocket costs, providing a real dollars-and-cents comparison. Quick Access to Answers – CHECKBOOK has improved the guide to help you find answers quickly. Dental & Vision Plans – The guide will evaluate FEDVIP plans available to you. Premium Conversion – The guide takes into account the effects of premium conversion in its plan rankings, a significant factor when comparing plan deductibles. Beginning Nov. 12, NTEU members may access the 2019 Guide online by: Visiting the NTEU website, www.nteu.org; Logging in with your username and password (if you do not have them, you will have the chance to create them); From the top-navigation, click on Benefits and then on the Consumers’ Checkbook icon. www.nteu.org

If you have any questions, please share them with your chapter president.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

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