October 01, 2009
Jason Fornicola
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Health Care Benefits for Federal Employees to Be Discussed on AFGE's "Inside Government"

WASHINGTON—The recent Office of Personnel Management announcement that premiums under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) will increase in 2010 by an average of 8.8 percent will be addressed this week on AFGE’s “Inside Government” radio show. The show will air on Friday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. EDT nationwide on Federal News Radio at and 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C., area.

AFGE Public Policy Director Jacque Simon will analyze the premium spike, which includes an increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard Option participants by 15 percent for self coverage and 12 percent for family coverage – an increase that will affect 60 percent of all FEHBP enrollees.

But first, listeners will get a preview of the 9th annual D.C. Labor FilmFest from Director Chris Garlock. The event is scheduled for Oct. 13 – 19 at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md. Garlock will highlight a number of films, including “Office Space,” “Situations Vacant,” and the Whistleblower Film Series. For more information, please visit

Lastly, AFGE Census Local 2782 President Bill Schauman will discuss the dangers U.S. Census Bureau workers face conducting door-to-door interviews throughout the United States. Schauman also will address the negative feelings some have toward federal employees, and what AFGE is doing to change that attitude.

“Inside Government” is hosted by AFGE Assistant General Counsel J. Ward Morrow. Programs are archived on the Federal News Radio Web site and can be heard on demand at or Please note there will be a short advertisement prior to the start of the program. The program also is available via iTunes podcast by clicking here. Users must install iTunes on their computers before accessing “Inside Government” via podcast.

Listeners also can follow the program on Facebook (AFGE Inside Government) and Twitter (afgeradioshow).

For instructions on how to listen to “Inside Government,” click here.

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