An incorrect phone number was given in yesterday's Health section for Government Retirees and Benefits Inc. in Alexandria. The correct number is (703) 461-9100. (Published 11/4/87)
Federal workers and beneficiaries can get more information about health plans from: The Office of Personnel Management's free "1988 Enrollment Information Guide and Plan Comparison Chart," available at each agency. The health plans' own brochures, available at agencies and agency health fairs. "Checkbook's Guide to 1988 Health Insurance Plans for Federal Employes," $5.95, published by Washington Consumers' Checkbook magazine. At many newsstands and bookstores. Or send a $5.95 check to Checkbook, 806 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. "Selecting the Right Federal Health Plan" by Michael Schneider, published by Government Retirees and Benefits Inc., a private firm. In bookstores, or send $5.95 plus $1.75 for postage to GRB, 5400 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, Va. 22304, or phone (703) 461-1900.
Both this and the Checkbook guide can be read with value by anyone who must pick a health plan. For federal retirees, an OPM information package is available (if you haven't received it) by writing OPM Open Season Task Force, P.O. Box 809, Washington, D.C. 20044, or phoning 632-7620 or 632-7623. "Choosing an HMO: An Evaluation Checklist" and "More Health for Your Dollar: An Older Person's Guide to HMOs" are good checklists you can fill in to compare benefits, plan by plan, once you have the plans' brochures. Single copies available free by writing American Association of Retired Persons, 1909 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20049. Federal or non-federal retirees covered by Medicare can get a United Seniors "Medigap Check-Up" by phoning 393-6222 or writing United Seniors' Health Cooperative, 1334 G St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. United Seniors will send you a form to indicate what coverage you have and what plans you're considering, then send you a personal analysis ($20, $15 for members).