The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) was started in 1960 and serves as a marketplace exchange where federal employees can choose from, depending on location, up to 40 plans.
To assist federal employees with such a wide range of choice, Checkbook Health published the first Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees in 1979. One of the main features of the Guide is reporting a yearly cost estimate for every FEHB plan—the combination of premium and likely out-of-pocket expenses based on information from the user that influences health care spending—age, family size, and expected health care usage.
Why agencies should provide access to the guide to employees
The yearly cost estimates found in the Guide provide apples-to-apples comparisons on how much an employee can save by switching plans.We routinely show how employees can save $2,000 or more a year by switching plans. But, agencies can save even more when an employee switches plans.
Cost savings when switching from BCBS Basic to BCBS FEP Blue Focus
Advice, educational resources and support
Agency employees have access to a wide selection of articles that provide guidance and explanation of FEHB plan types, enrollment strategies, dental coverage, and dozens of other topics.
Checkbook Health routinely holds webinars during Open Season, which can be customized for your agency, where employees can learn more about FEHB coverage and can ask questions.
Employees will also be able to use our Ask the Experts feature and submit a question to our plan experts on any FEHB subject.
Add your agency to a growing list
Over 50 federal agencies provide access to the Guide for their employees including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, USPS, and more.