Are rising health care costs a concern for you? A newly introduced postal reform bill could increase health care premiums for federal employees and retirees enrolled in Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans. Visit NARFE’s Legislative Action Center and ask your lawmakers to withhold support for the legislation unless changes are adopted to ensure the FEHB program is not negatively affected.
The bill, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 (H.R. 3076/S. 1720), would create a new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) program, starting in January 2023, that would provide separate health plans for postal employees and retirees, parallel to current FEHB plans. For example, there would be a Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard plan for Feds and a separate one for postal employees and retirees. The bill requires coverage to be “actuarially equivalent,” so that each plan covers a similar amount of expected costs.