November 30, 2023 1:42 am

As a retired employee of the Department of the Interior, Reg Jones has been involved in retirement and federal government for over six years. He has extensive knowledge in the field, and he has served as an assistant director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management handling recruiting, examining, white and blue collar pay, retirement, insurance and other issues from 1979 until 1995. In his current state of retirement, he is currently enrolled in Medicare part A (not B) with BCBS Standard (106) as self plus one.

One question that Reg Jones has been considering lately is whether to switch to GEHA High (313) in order to save money. However, he is uncertain if this would be a simple switch or if there are any additional factors that he may be missing. Furthermore, he wants to know if it is possible to switch back to BCBS if he doesn’t like GEHA after making the change. Lastly, Reg Jones wants to know what percentage of retirees use FEHB and Medicare part A only.

According to NARFE (the National Active and Retiree Employees Association), the vast majority of retirees don’t enroll in Part B because they have adequate coverage without it during open enrollment season. This feature allows retirees to change their health benefits plan every year if they wish to do so. If you have any questions regarding retirement or federal government matters, you can send them to fedexperts@federaltimes.com for expert advice from Reg Jones.

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