OPM Releases Health Premium Rates for Federal Workers

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The average premium for federal workers enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program will go up 3.8 percent in 2012, the Office of Personnel Management said Tuesday.

On average, enrollees with self-only coverage will pay $2.32 more per biweekly pay period. Enrollees with family coverage will pay $6.18 more.

Premiums for the most popular plan in the FEHBP — the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Standard Option — will drop 82 cents per biweekly pay period, while enrollees with family coverage will pay 72 cents less.

Premiums for health maintenance organizations will increase an average 6.7 percent, while fee-for-service plans will see an average increase of 3.2 percent.

“With an emphasis on preventive medicine and keeping costs low, we’ve been able to deliver quality care at affordable rates,” OPM Director John Berry said. “These benefits help us compete for the top talent we need to tackle our nation’s challenges and they keep our workers healthier and more productive as they serve and protect the American people.”

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