Monday Roundup

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Well, the 2020 Federal Benefits Open Season starts next Monday, November 9. The FEHBlog has noticed that OPM has launched its Open Season 2020 website and has made available the FEHBlog favorite annual benefits administration letter, the description of significant FEHBP changes for 2021. There are a lot of interesting HMO plan changes to review.

The FEHBlog was looking for information about the virtual health fairs that OPM and FedPoint are sponsoring this year for federal employees and annuitants. It turns out that FedPoint is new name for Long Term Care Partners. FedPoint p/k/a LTCP administers the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. The company’s press release explains

FedPoint, which has more than 400 full-time employees and many part-time and contracted employees around the country, is a division of John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company. The new name was chosen in part to reflect the platforms and service centers the company builds and manages, which function as key points where multiple stakeholders converge, interact, and transact business. Perhaps the most notable example is BENEFEDS, a proprietary online platform and call center built under the auspices of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Through BENEFEDS the company handles enrollment, billing, and customer support functions for enrollees in the large Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

BENFEDS offers a website with information about 2020 Open Season virtual information offerings for FEDVIP and FEHBP customers. (BENFEDS understandably focuses on FEDVIP but if you click on any of the registration tabs you see that the information concerns the FEHBP, FEDVIP, and FSAFeds. NARFE’s Federal Benefits Institute also offers useful benefit webinars for active and retired Feds.

As tomorrow is the big day, the Centers for Disease Control is offering advice to voters on how to control the risk of contracting COVID-19 at polling places. The FEHBlog voted at a Montgomery County, Maryland, early voting center last Thursday and he found the process to be a well-oiled machine. Kudos.