Q. My husband and I are both retired from the Postal Service under CSRS. Each of us has carried Self Only coverage through FEHB continuously during our working years and throughout retirement. Since these premiums continue to rise, one of the plans for 2018 is cheaper for us to go with Self Plus One. If we switch to Self Plus One for 2018 because of the price, then can we each go back to Self Only in 2019 open season? Second question: If he passes away while he has carried me under his Self Plus One, can I immediately go…
Q. I served four years as active Air Force and then joined the Air Guard. I finished with 20 years of service and can not apply for military retirement until I turn 60. After I left active duty I worked at the Veterans Administration hospital for seven years. Before I left, HR told me that if I bought my four years of active duty back and paid a fee, interest I believe they called it, I could receive a partial pension with 11 years when I turn 56. I’ve seen so many comments, some saying I can not collect both…
Q. Federal employees who are veterans with service-connected disabilities and who use the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for their healthcare are not afforded the opportunity to suspend their Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) upon retirement. This forces those veterans to choose between FEHB, Medicare Part B/C, when they need neither. Is this an Office of Personnel Management policy that can be changed, or does the solution require an act of Congress?
Q. In order to reach the 30 years of substantial earnings needed to avoid the windfall elimination provision, can you pay Social Security the necessary amount (with interest) to top up the missing years?
Q. I’ve been with the U.S. Postal Service over 16 years under FERS and am 63 years of age. I injured myself on the job and am currently on workman’s comp and working part-time. I injured my back and was diagnosed permanent for my back injury. My question is what would be more beneficial: disability retirement or regular retirement. Would I lose my retirement benefits choosing disability retirement?
Q. If the federal government fails (as it has many times) to pass a federal budget and a continuing resolution remains in place, how will this affect the supplement for those employees (soon to be retirees) under FERS?
Q. I am a 74 year old under the old Civil Service Retirement System. I do not get Social Service benefits due to the offset law. When and if my husband, who is 83, dies, am I entitled to any of his Social Security benefit or a death benefit?
Q. My wife is 60 years old, has 28 years FERS service with the Internal Revenue Service, and has been offered a VERA and a VSIP effective Dec. 31, 2017, Can she then apply after December 31 for Social Security disability?
Q. I am 61 years old with 20 years of federal service. I am trying to figure out whether I retire now or closer to 62. My plan was to retire next year at the end of July, but I am interested in the supplement that is not granted until I am 62. I am not too happy at my job right now and am thinking about getting out a little earlier. What advice do you have?