Federal workers to pay more for health care
By The Post's Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson:
Federal employees will see their health insurance premiums increase at a far higher rate than their pay next year, but less than many private sector workers.
The average increase for enrollees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program will be 7.2 percent, the Office of Personnel Management said Friday. That's significantly more than their average pay raise, which is slated to be 1.4 percent in 2011. In dollars, federal workers will pay, on average, $5.53 more each pay period for self-only coverage and $11.45 more for a family.
Last year's average premium increase was 8.8 percent. Citing estimates by consultants for other large, employer-sponsored insurance plans, OPM said those programs will see increases between 8.9 percent and 10.5 percent.
More federal employees choose Blue Cross Blue Shield's standard option than any other program. Their premium increase will be 6.9 percent for self-coverage and 7.6 percent for a family, according to OPM.
For 2011, "We have eliminated enrollee cost sharing for preventive care services, added incentives for tobacco cessation, and, in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, added coverage for dependents up to age 26," said OPM Director John Berry. Even with these new benefits, premiums will rise less this year than they did last year."
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