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OPM Proposes Pilot Program Of Voluntary Medicare Part B Option For Retirees In FEHB

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April 8, 2010

A proposed pilot project by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would test the viability of a voluntary "sub-option" within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHB) that would potentially pay all or part of Medicare Part B for those federal retirees who are Medicare-eligible.

"If proven feasible, the Medicare sub-option could save some federal annuitants money and help to contain costs in FEHBP for workers, retirees and survivors," said National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Margaret L. Baptiste. OPM's director, John Berry, consulted NARFE on the proposed Medicare-related pilot project before releasing its 2010 FEHB Carrier Letter this week.

"[W]e appreciate that, through our consultation with Director Berry, the call letter clarifies that the 'sub-option' would not open the door for separately rated annuitant plans, which we believe would result in retirees and survivors paying substantially higher premiums than other FEHBP enrollees. NARFE would oppose the creation of any FEHBP plan for annuitants with premiums based on their age and health costs," Baptiste said.

NARFE reports that the proposed new coverage would be offered to Medicare-eligible annuitants as a sub-option of an existing FEHB plan. If an annuitant chose the sub-option of an insurance carrier's "standard option," they would pay the same premium share as a worker or retiree enrolled in the traditional standard option. However, unlike the standard plan, the sub-option would pay all or part of a Medicare Part B premium, as appropriate.

For more information, go to:
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Posted with permission from: MyFederalRetirement.com



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