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Did you hear? Federal retirees and survivors will receive a 1.7% Cost-of-Living adjustment (COLA) effective December 1, 2014. You will see the increase in the January 2, 2015, payment.
Why wait until you receive your annual mailer at the end of December to see your new monthly annuity amount. Simply go to Services Online (SOL) (www.servicesonline.opm.gov) to see your new annuity amount. If you do not remember your password for SOL, simply follow the instructions to get a new one.
While on SOL, why not do some annuity housekeeping by checking to make sure we have your correct mailing address, email address and the proper Federal or state tax withholdings.
Additionally, help us reduce our carbon footprint by opting in to receive your annual mailer and 1099R electronically. Receiving them electronically will allow you to receive the information sooner and save them directly to your computer for easy access in the future.
As always, OPM continues to keep your transactions on SOL safe, secure and easy for you to access at any time 24/7 365 days a year.
COST OF LIVING INCREASE
You will be happy to know that our retired Federal employees and entitled surviving family members of deceased Federal employees and retirees will receive a 1.5% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) effective December 1, 2013. You will see your annuity increase in the January 2, 2014 payment.
OPEN SEASON FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS
It’s time to review your federal employee health benefits coverage. The Open Season enrollment period is from November 11, 2012 through December 9, 2012. We have worked to take the stress and hassle out of selecting a health benefits carrier for the coming year. If you are happy with your health benefits plan; you don’t need to take any action.
However, if you are considering changing health benefit plans; please visit our website at https://retireefehb.opm.gov. To access the website, you must register with your CSA/CSF claim number and the last four digits of your SSN and then create a user id and password.
Use the convenient self-service tools to make an Open Season change, request health plan information and/or make other retirement related transactions such as correspondence and email address updates and dependent information updates.
You can also dial our toll-free Open Season Express number (interactive voice response system) at 1-800-332-9798. Once you access https://retireefehb.opm.gov ; you can also chat with a Customer Service Representative using Live Help or send a web mail message which will be answered by a Customer Service Representative.
OPM Retirement Services offers a mobile website for the Federal Employee Health Benefit Open Season. This enhancement brings all of the features of the website to the palm of your hand. The mobile website will be available during the open enrollment window at https://retireefehb.opm.com/mobile.
Remember to visit Services Online www.servicesonline.opm.gov for an easy and secure way to manage your retirement account. Please note Services Online cannot be used for Open Season transactions.
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