FEHBP premiums up an average of 3.4 percent
The Office of Personnel Management has announced the average premium for those covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase by 3.4 percent in 2013. NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin commended OPM for keeping the rate increase "reasonable and in line with the private sector." But Beaudoin pointed out that "any increase means a decrease in take-home pay for federal employees," who will be facing an extension of the current two-year pay freeze at the same time the premium increases will go into effect. "In this economy, we should be working to put more money into the hands of all Americans, not less," Beaudoin said. "Contrary to what many across the country might think, our nation's retired and active federal workers, who pay 30 percent of their health care premiums, are already contributing their fair share. A premium increase, combined with a pay freeze, will be another hardship for struggling families." NARFE magazine will have coverage of the FEHBP rate changes in its November issue.
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