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Benefits News


New mileage reimbursement rates posted

The General Services Administration has posted the new mileage reimbursement rates for personally owned vehicles that took effect Jan. 1.

Open Season for dental, vision benefits extended

Federal employees have a few extra hours to enroll, change or cancel their dental and vision benefits, the Office of Personnel Management announced on its website.

TSP contribution limits unchanged for 2017

The annual contribution limit for the Thrift Savings Plan will remain at $18,000 per year in 2017.

TSP contribution limits remain the same for 2017

The annual contribution limit for the Thrift Savings Plan will remain at $18,000 per year in 2017.

Open Season: Final days for choosing your 2017 health plan

While most federal employees likely already have reviewed their benefits and made necessary adjustments, those who have not—and perhaps even those who have—may want to look through the following summary of some of the things they should keep in mind in making their decisions, based on OPM recommendations.

Bill boosts death benefit for feds killed on duty

Three senators last month introduced a bill that would increase the death gratuities and funeral expenses paid to federal employees who are killed in the line of duty.

Tricare reminds beneficiaries of retail pharmacy change

Tricare reminded beneficiaries that its network of retail pharmacies changed beginning Dec. 1.

Open Season: Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

In this issue of Federal Soup's special Open Season series, Edward A. Zurndorfer discusses the advantages of contributing to and using various kinds of flexible spending accounts.

Army medical facilities to deploy new prenatal care program

The Army announced that certain Army medical treatment facilities will offer expectant mothers a chance to participate in a prenatal care solution starting in March 2017.

Informed Investor: Annuitants and Social Security recipients to get lowest COLA ever in 2017

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, CSRS and FERS annuitants and Social Security recipients will receive the lowest cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) on record. The COLA will be 0.3 percent. This week’s column discusses how the annual COLA is determined and how the diminished COLA will affect many CSRS annuitants and higher income FERS annuitants who are enrolled in Medicare Part B.

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