Q. Due to sloppy record keeping on my part I do not have the doctor’s statement to apply for FERS disability retirement. Are there independent doctors from whom I can get a second opinion?
Author Reg Jones
Q. I’ve just received notice that I am eligible for VERA at the U.S. Postal Service and adding up my years found that I’ve been with the Postal Service for 19 years and 6 months. However, I just turned 53 and I bought my military time of 3 years when I first entered the Postal Service. Retirement would be possible if I qualify for SRS. Do I qualify for the SRS? And If I do, when does it go into effect?
Q. I have enrolled in GEHA insurance for the first time. I had BC/BS before as a retiree and switched because of cost. Can you tell me if dental is covered by it automatically or is it separate?
Q. I’m retiring and have been enrolled in the FEHB program for over five years. Can I stay on BCBS Federal coverage along with Part A Medicare for as long as I please? I’m thinking of keeping BCBS instead of Medicare Part B or any other supplemental program. Is that a good idea?
Q. My husband passed away as a CSRS employee with over 30 years service. Would I be eligible to collect his pension as well as Social Security on his record. And, as my Social Security is less than his, would the CSRS Social Security be affected?
Q. I am still working and wanted to cancel my dental, but missed open season. I called the benefits line for my dental plan (Concordia), as I plan to retire next year and don’t want to take it into retirement. They told me that I could only cancel it during open season even then. That OPM rules do not allow it for their plan and that “retiring” is not a qualifying event. Even if my husband died, he would only be taken off the “family” plan, but I couldn’t drop it then. I am confused.
Q. I recently applied for CSRS pension, and currently have 25 years of substantial earnings covered under Social Security. Any idea where I can go to see the substantial earnings threshold numbers for the upcoming years beyond 2017?