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Prepare now for this year’s open season

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While your children are doing their homework, you can research your health benefits in preparation for open season.

Back-to-school time is a good opportunity to start preparing for another rite of fall: open season.

This is the annual period when USPS employees can change their health coverage or sign up for a new plan. This year’s open season will begin Nov. 13.

However, the Postal Service is encouraging employees to review their coverage now to see if their current Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) plan is meeting their family’s needs.

This is particularly important during back-to-school time. Remember: You can use your FEHB plan to cover your family’s immunizations, annual physicals and other health care needs throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Consumers’ Checkbook, a service introduced last year, can help you compare the various plans available through FEHB. Doing research now can save you time during open season.

Postal Service employees saved more than $30 million last year by assessing their health plans.

The Open Season LiteBlue page has more information, including a link to Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans.

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