SUMMARY: NTEU members will have access to Consumers’ Checkbook’s online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants beginning Monday, November 8, 2021.
It is my pleasure to announce that NTEU members will again have access to Consumers’ Checkbook’s online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants. All NTEU members who currently or are planning to participate in Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) plans or the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) will find this online tool useful when making decisions regarding maintaining or changing health and dental insurance plans.
The guide will be available through NTEU’s web site, www.nteu.org. You can find the link in two places on the website. Both of the links are located under the Benefits tab. One is in the “Shopping and Other Discounts” section and the other is in “Insurance.” The links are imbedded within the language that will show as blue writing in the paragraph under Consumers’ Checkbook. The links will be available, in the Benefit section throughout Open Season (November 8, 2021 – December 13, 2021). They will remain available throughout 2022 for NTEU members who may have a need that requires them to access the guide. The online guide was developed by Consumers’ Checkbook, a nonprofit organization that has published an annual paperback version of its guide for many years.
This online guide is an innovative way to obtain reliable, useful information about the many health plans available under the FEHB and make fast, easy, personalized plan comparisons. The guide compares and ranks plans based on total costs including account premiums and estimated out-of-pocket costs (e.g., deductibles, co-payments, and prescription drugs); and on the yearly maximum that an enrollee could possibly have to pay out-of-pocket. The guide will also offer comparisons of the FEDVIP dental and vision plans available to federal employees. The site has been praised for its ease of use. Members will be able to compare plan costs, review quality ratings, consider plan features, and gauge plan flexibility on issues like choice of doctors and other factors.
You can now begin to let members know that this online tool will be available beginning the first day of the federal open season, November 8, 2021. Please note that it will not be available prior to 11/8/2021. Attached is a copy of a flier that can be forwarded or posted with this information.