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Tool allows employees to compare health plans

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

The Postal Service is reminding employees they can use Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees to compare their options during this year’s open season.

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

This includes information on copays, deductibles, prescription drug costs and whether dental and vision benefits are included in specific plans.

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

The center has published its guide to federal benefits for more than 35 years. All Postal Service employees and retirees are granted free access to the guide, which can be accessed through LiteBlue.

Last year, approximately 37,000 USPS employees compared health plans and made changes to their benefits during open season, saving an average of $70 each pay period.

Open season, the annual period when employees can change their health coverage or enroll in a new plan, will conclude Monday, Dec. 13.