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Fed Employees Health Premiums Going Up 3.4% In 2013

Average premiums for federal employees covered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase 3.4 percent next year, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday.

The average premium increase for dental coverage for 8.2 million employees covered under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program will be less than 1 percent.

On average, OPM says FEHB program enrollees with self-only coverage will pay $2.75 more per bi-weekly pay period and enrollees with family coverage will pay $6.39 more.

Last year, OPM increased average FEHB premiums 3.8 percent.

Next year, premiums for health maintenance organizations will increase around 5.3 percent and fee-for-service plans will see an average increase of 3 percent.

OPM also announced the 2013 open season for health dental and vision insurance, where employees can enroll or review their policies, will occur between Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

Eligible tribes and tribal organizations can also enroll in the FEHB program, OPM said.

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