Covering more than 2.1 millionfederal workers, 1.9 million retirees and 4.1 million familymembers, the FEHBP is the biggest employer-sponsored healthinsurance program in the country.

Federal employees and retirees will be forking over more cash in2020 for their health coverage, with premiums expected to increase5.6 percent.

There will also be a wider choice of plans available, accordingto the government, the Washington Post reports. Officials havecharacterized the increase in premiums as in line with what otherlarge employers expect for next year: increases ranging from4.5 to 6.5 percent. And recent increases in the FederalEmployees Health Benefits Program, the Post added, are also in thesame ballpark, "although well above the 1.5 percent [increase] for 2019."

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.