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Tool allows you to compare health plans

Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans can help you find the right health plan for you and your family.

To help Postal Service employees compare health plans during this year’s open season, the organization is offering access to Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.

The online comparison tool has information about all plans available through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.

The guide allows you to find the right health plan for you and your family.

It includes information on copays, deductibles, prescription drug costs and whether dental and vision benefits are included in specific health plans. You may find another health plan option that fits your needs for less money.

Most FEHB plans will see benefit and rate changes for the upcoming year. Some drop out of the program and others may change service areas or coverage options, so it’s important to check current offerings.

Checkbook has published its annual guide to federal benefits for more than 35 years. This is the fifth year USPS has provided free access for all employees and retirees.

Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans is from the Center for the Study of Services, an independent nonprofit consumer organization that also publishes Consumers’ Checkbook.

Employees can access the guide through the Open Season LiteBlue page.

Open season, the annual period when employees can change their health coverage or enroll in a new plan, will conclude Monday, Dec. 13. Open season is also a good time to review and update your PostalEASE login information, as well as your beneficiary forms.