How federal workers would improve the health benefits plan

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Mary Tazewell

Department of Homeland Security employee from Arlington County

I am grateful to have health care in my benefits package and grateful for the many choices of health-care providers. I am not satisfied with the cost. [The Office of Personnel Management] should focus on the sheer numbers of Feds and get a more significant discount for services.

Joseph D. Gillerlain

Retired Naval Academy professor from Crozet, Va.

I would like to see the FEHB programs have an option of "self plus one," similar to what is available under the FEDVIP vision and dental plans.

My wife and I have been empty nesters for about 15 years. We could hopefully enjoy a lower premium than that for the current "self and family" plan, which is a very broad category depending on the number of family members enrolled.

James P. Witeck

Retired Federal Aviation Administration employee from Bethesda

I do want to express my satisfaction with the program. I would like to propose one change. At present there are only two options: self or self and family. Many baby boomers, like myself, have no covered family members anymore, other than our spouses. So for only the two of us, we pay the same premium as a family of three, four, five, six or more. So I recommend that a third option be created to cover just two people, husband and spouse, hopefully with a lower premium than that to be paid by those participating in the family option.

Lynn Richards

Environmental Protection Agency employee from Arlington

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