Senate-House conferees hope to finish work this month on a compromise bill that would give catastrophic health insurance protection through Medicare to people 65 and older. Millions of federal, state and local government retirees have a financial stake in the bill's final version.

Lobbyists for groups representing public workers and retirees are pushing for the Senate version of the bill. It would protect government retirees from being required to pay up to $500 a year more than nongovernment retirees for coverage that most of the former federal, postal and state workers already have -- and pay for -- through their government health plans.

The House version would link premiums for catastrophic coverage through Medicare to taxable income. That would benefit those whose primary income is from Social Security. But it would penalize retirees -- such as former federal workers -- whose main income is from taxable annuities.

The Senate plan would adjust premiums for those who already have and pay for catastrophic coverage, or would allow them to pay lower rates for their federal health insurance plans.

President Reagan has said he favors the Senate plan. Insiders expect the House to vote on the compromise version before the Easter recess. Senate action is expected in mid-April.Freebie Pay Chart

Government Employees Insurance Corp. has offered to send free copies (single or bulk orders) of the 1988 federal pay scale for white-collar (GS) workers. Call 986-2500.

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Army in Alexandria has an opening for a Grade 6 clerical assistant (typing). Call 325-9330.

National Institute on Aging in Bethesda wants a GS 4 or 5 clerk (typing). Call 496-5347.

The Geological Survey in Reston wants a GS 12 or 13 systems accountant. Call Barbara Shaw at 648-7410.

The Public Health Service in Rockville is looking for a GS 11 or 12 computer specialist with IBM microcomputer expertise. Call 443-5407.

Federal Maritime Commission has openings for clerk-typists, GS 2 through 4, at special salary rates. Call 523-5773.

The State Department is seeking interpreters (Portuguese, Japanese and Italian) at GS 11 through 13. Call Mary Bird at 647-1528. State also is looking for clerk-typists and secretaries, GS 3 through 5; an elevator mechanic, Wage Grade 11; a locksmith, WG 9; and a pipe fitter, WG 10. Call 647-8789.

Justice needs a social science program specialist, GS 11, and an accounts maintenance clerk, GS 3 or 4. Call 724-7730.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants staff operating accountants, GS 7 through 12, and accounting technicians, GS 5 through 8. Call 443-8373.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission has an opening for a GS 5 or 7 budget assistant. Must have civil service status. Call 254-3275.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission needs a budget analyst and management analyst, GS 12 or 13 (status required), and a GS 11 communications specialist. Call Mary John at 634-6445.

National Endowment for the Arts has an opening for a GS 9 through 12 computer specialist. Call 682-5405.

Department of Education is looking for a writer-editor, GS 11 or 12. Call 472-2980.

Federal Aviation Administration in Suitland needs a GS 5 or 6 secretary. Call 763-8450.