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Clock Ticking for Millions of Federal Employees Hoping to Avoid Blue Cross/Blue Shield Benefits Cut
Date:12/5/2008

th preserving the 2008 benefits and extending the open enrollment period beyond the 8th, but OPM's Nancy Kichak refused, seeming intent on delivering a lump of coal to the stocking of every Federal worker on the BCBS Standard option plan this holiday season.

Regardless of OPM's response, Gammarino should be encouraged to immediately make good on his pledge to change the 2009 plan so that these benefits cuts don't take effect.

In addition to a 13% increase in premiums, out-of-network benefits for procedures and surgeries will be severely curtailed. The policy change increases a patient's out-of-pocket cost to the first $7,500.00 for each procedure and surgery when using out-of-network providers, and imposes an out-of-pocket patient cost of up to $350.00 for care provided by an out-of-network emergency room consultant.

OPM has extended "Open Season" twice in the last several years: in 2006 and 2002.

To speak with an affected patient or doctor, please contact: Jason Miller at jmiller@dezenhall.com, or (202) 296-0263 x 136; or contact Gary Meltz at gmeltz@dezenhall.com, or (202) 296-0263 x 166.


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