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Host Bob Leins and presenters from NITP, Inc., the national leader in Federal retirement planning seminars, present topics of interest to the Federal community including Federal benefits, Social Security, financial planning, TSP and estate planning.

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Host Bob Leins and presenters from NITP, Inc., the national leader in Federal retirement planning seminars, present topics of interest to the Federal community including Federal benefits, Social Security, financial planning, TSP and estate planning.

    Federal Open Season with Kaiser Permanente

    Federal Open Season with Kaiser Permanente

    November 30, 2020 on ForYourBenefit, host Bob Leins, CPA® and co-host Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist, NITP, welcome Gavin Toner, Manager, Account Management, Federal Employee Health Benefit Programs and Dr. Saima Siddiqui, Physician Advisor for MAPMG and Chief of Acute Care Services for DC and Suburban MD, Kaiser Permanente.

    If you’re like most Federal employees, you probably don’t shop around for a new health plan, even though your current plan may no longer fit your needs. The Office of Personnel Management consistently says 20–30% of Federal employees can and should be changing their plans. Don’t leave money on the table.

    Whether you’re just starting your Federal career, planning a family, or thinking about retirement, Kaiser Permanente’s comprehensive system brings your care, your health plan, top-notch physicians, convenient medical centers, and more together, delivering quality, affordable care.

    Listen in and discover how you can save significantly on your health care costs with Kaiser Permanente:

    $0 copays for maternity care, and $0 copays for pediatric primary care through age 17 for Standard Option
    $0 copay for telehealth benefits whether by video, phone, or online for all plan options
    New $150 Medicare Part B reimbursement for High Option members
    To find the plan that’s right for Federal members during Open Season, visit kp.org/feds.

    For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com

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    Federal Open Season with U.S. Office of Personnel Management (USOPM)

    Federal Open Season with U.S. Office of Personnel Management (USOPM)

    November 23, 2020 on ForYourBenefit, host Bob Leins, CPA® and co-host Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist, NITP, welcome Jay Fritz, Program Manager, Program Support and Analysis, Healthcare and Insurance, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

    It is that time of year again for employees and annuitants to review their Open Season options, which include health plans, dental and vision plan companies, FSAs, etc.

    Today’s discussion will include:

    Federal Open Season:  November 9 – December 14, 2020
    What programs participate in Open Season?
    How can I prioritize my Open Season shopping list?
    What options do I have?
    What if I do nothing?

    Resources for further information:

    Visit opm.gov/openseason
    Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/usopm
    For Twitter News and Updates: https://twitter.com/usopm
    See your Human Resources Office

    How do I make an Open Season election or change?

    Flexible spending accounts under FSAFEDS (employees only): FSAFEDS.com or call 1-877-FSAFEDS (372-3337) or TTY 1-866-353-8058.
    Dental or vision under FEDVIP:  Everyone – go to BENEFEDS.com or call 1-877-888-3337, TTY 1-877-889-5680.
    FEHB: Employees - use the Health Benefits Election Form (SF 2809) or use an online self-service system; your agency’s human resources office can help you.  Retirees - go to Open Season Online at https://retireefehb.opm.gov or call Open Season Express at 1-800-332-9798, TTY 1-855-887-4957.

    For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com

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    The Consumers’ Checkbook Guide and FEHBP Open Season with Walton Francis

    The Consumers’ Checkbook Guide and FEHBP Open Season with Walton Francis

    November 16, 2020 on ForYourBenefit, our hosts Bob Leins, CPA®, and Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director NITP, welcome insurance expert and author Walton Francis to talk about FEHBP Open Season.  The CHECKBOOK’s Guide shows that most families can save $2,000 or more by selecting better plan choices.

    Francis is the principal author of both online and print versions of Consumers’ CHECKBOOK’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.  The Guide gives you vital insurance information that you cannot get from any other source.  It tells you how much money you can save by changing – or by staying in – your health insurance plan, and summarizes thousands of facts about the plans to simplify your choice.

    At the Guide’s website, www.guidetohealthplans.org, you can check to see if your agency has purchased access to the Guide for you.

    It rates all of over 250 health insurance plans available to Federal employees and retirees, including twenty national plans, over 200 health maintenance organization (HMO) and preferred provider (PPO) local area options, and over a dozen consumer-driven and high deductible plan options.  Its ratings of plan costs take into account premiums, catastrophic limits, and estimates of likely out-of-pocket costs for medical expenses of every kind.

    The Guide compares plans for insurance value in dealing with unforeseen medical expenses, not just for the routine costs you can predict.

    It rates dental and vision plans as well. It provides dollar estimates of likely dental costs, taking into account both premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, not just descriptions. It compares dental coverage in all plans, not just stand alone plans.

    For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com

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    Federal Open Season with GEHA

    Federal Open Season with GEHA

    November 9, 2020 on ForYourBenefit, host Bob Leins, CPA® and co-host Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist at NITP, welcome Brian Sperling, Senior Account Manager with GEHA (Government Employees Health Association, Inc.)

    Today’s discussion will include topics such as:

    Why it’s important to shop for health benefits this Open Season
    How to make smart decisions when reviewing your options
    GEHA’s health and well-being benefits and rewards programs
    Overview of GEHA’s five high-value medical plan options
    Today, GEHA is one of the largest national medical and dental plan providers serving Federal workers, covering more than 2 million Federal employees, retirees and their dependents.

    Learn more at GEHA.com

    For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com

    • 52 min
    Federal Open Season with VSP Vision Care and Dominion National Dental

    Federal Open Season with VSP Vision Care and Dominion National Dental

    November 2, 2020 on ForYourBenefit, host Bob Leins, CPA® and co-host Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist, NITP, welcome Dan Morgan, General Manager for Commercial Markets and Federal Programs at VSP Vision Care, and Mike Davis, President and Chief Operating Officer, Dominion National Dental.

    The first half of the program will feature Dan Morgan. VSP Vision Care is the only national not-for-profit vision benefits company, which provides access to eye care for nearly 90 million members through a network of over 40,000 doctors worldwide.

    The second half of the program will feature Mike Davis who will discuss Dominion’s innovative, high-value dental benefits offered in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). Dominion is the only Dental HMO plan offered in the FEDVIP program.

    VSP Vision Care:

    Information about VSP Vision Care
    The importance of vision insurance and an annual eye exam
    Details on VSP’s plan options for 2021
    Visit ChooseVSP.com to review the VSP plan options and learn why you should enroll
    Dominion National Dental:

    No maximum dollar limits, waiting periods or deductibles
    Predictable, pre-determined fees for dental services
    An innovative Prevention Rewards Program that incentivizes members to get their two dental cleanings each year
    Orthodontics benefits provided for adults and children (no lifetime maximums)
    Discounts on teeth whitening and Invisalign
    Third annual cleaning provided at a reduced fee
    Rates starting at just $5.52 per bi-weekly pay period
    Plans available in DC, DE, MD, parts of NJ, PA and parts of VA
    Visit Dominion Dental Select
    For questions or comments, email us in advance at ForYourBenefit@nitpinc.com

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    Federal Open Season with Aetna

    Federal Open Season with Aetna

    Host Bob Leins, CPA® and co-host Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, welcome Tom Bernatavitz, Vice-President of Aetna Federal Plans to the studio. Aetna offers a variety of FEHB plans, including plans for retirees that offer

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