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Open enrollment: Time to ask questions about benefits

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It’s open enrollment season for federal employees, and there are several opportunities this week to have questions answered.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who represents most of Montgomery County, is holding two meeting this week for federal employees seeking answers to questions about the Federal Employees Health Benefits Forum.

The first meeting was Monday (today) at the Holiday Park Senior Center in Wheaton, from 9 to 11 a.m. The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Executive Auditorium at the Executive Office Building in Rockville.

Across the river in Virginia, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) is hosting a similar meeting Saturday.

The “Open Season Workshop for Federal Employees and Retirees” is scheduled to be held at the Fairfax County Government Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The address is 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, Va. 22035.

The program will include presentations by FEHB experts who will be able to answer questions about their specific programs.

For those unable to attend these meetings in person, the Office of Personnel Management is holding informational webcasts this week:

On Tuesday, federal workers nationwide are encouraged to participate in a forum called, “FEHBP: Do I Have the Right Health Plan?” The session is slated to last one hour beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

On Thursday, a session on Medicare FEHBP will run online from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Federal workers and their family members may participate in the webcasts by visiting

FEHBP Open season runs until Dec. 14.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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