New 'Planning for Retirement' Online Tool Helps in Decision of When to Claim Social Security
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this month released "Planning for Retirement," an interactive, online tool designed to help consumers decide when to claim their Social Security retirement benefits [ MORE ]

2016 TSP Contribution Limits
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the contribution limits for 2016 -- including catch-up and annual addition limits [ MORE ]

OPM Schedules Additional Limited Enrollment Period for Self Plus One for Active Federal Employees
Because the addition of the new self plus one enrollment option is a significant change in the FEHB program, OPM has included an additional limited enrollment period for this option to be held in early 2016 [ MORE ]

New FEHB Self Plus One Enrollment Option: Who Will It Benefit?
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - November 16, 2015
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses the new self plus one enrollment option for federal employees, including who it will benefit, and any potential health insurance premium savings [ MORE ]

FEHB Open Season Online Service Available for Federal Retirees and Annuitants
OPM offers a special online service during the Federal Employees Health Benefits open season for retirees, survivor annuitants, or former spouse annuitants [ MORE ]

2016 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the 2016 premiums and deductibles for the Medicare inpatient hospital (Part A) and physician and outpatient hospital services (Part B) programs [ MORE ]

Bill Would Provide Emergency Payment to Seniors In Place of Zero 2016 COLA
A group of 19 senators last week introduced legislation to boost Social Security and other benefits for seniors, veterans and other Americans following last month's announcement that there will be a zero cost-of-living adjustment in 2016 [ MORE ]

Helpful Resources for 2015 Federal Benefits Open Season
The Office of Personnel Management has issued several helpful reference materials health benefits, dental, vision and flexible spending accounts [ MORE ]

Many Retirees Need to Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions by Dec. 31
A special rule allows first-year recipients of these payments, those who reached age 70½ during 2015, to wait until as late as April 1, 2016 to receive their first required minimum distributions [ MORE ]

2015 FEHB Open Season: New Healthcare Plan Brochures, Premium Rates and Comparison Tools Now Available
The Office of Personnel Management has released the specific information online for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for the 2016 plan year [ MORE ]

Hedging Against Current and Future Medicare Part B Premium Price Hikes
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - October 28, 2015
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, presents some strategies federal annuitants can use to blunt the impact of Medicare Part B premium increases [ MORE ]

2016 Federal Salary Increase for 102,000 Employees in New GS Locality Pay Areas
Establishing 13 new locality pay areas will impact about 102,000 GS employees in 2016 [ MORE ]

2016 Thrift Savings Plan Contribution Limits Announced by IRS
The Internal Revenue Service announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2016 -- including the Thrift Savings Plan contribution limits. [ MORE ]

FAQs on FEHB Self Plus One and Survivor Annuitants
OPM released guidance for employees and annuitants who are considering enrolling in or changing to the Self Plus One option -- describing its impact on the continuation of FEHB in the event of the enrollee's death. It includes typical questions and answers concerning Self Plus One and survivor annuities [ MORE ]

Zero 2016 Federal Retiree COLA Reignites Debate to Use Price Index for the Elderly
The recent news of no retiree cost-of-living adjustment in 2016 has reignited debates that an inflation index for the elderly only would have shown a rise in prices [ MORE ]

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