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Old 12-06-2013, 07:17 PM   #21
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1. I could file the paper work to begin collecting my pension now and add my spouse for survivor benefits. This would result in a 5% reduction for every year I am under the age of 62 - almost 30%. Then there will also be the reduction for the survivor benefits.



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If you can add your spouse for survivor benefits wouldn't she also qualify at that point for medical ?
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:55 PM   #22
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Helen,

Congrats on the wedding! Call your congressperson. That's what they're there for. They have staff that can cut through the red tape to get you a faster decision from OPM. If he/she is particularly sympathetic, maybe they'll hire you in the district office for a year.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:11 PM   #23
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As far as FERS is concerned, have you actually retired yet, or have you just terminated your employment.

Some retirement systems make a distinction between the two. I know nothing about FERS.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:38 AM   #24
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If you can add your spouse for survivor benefits wouldn't she also qualify at that point for medical ?
Yes. My spouse will be able to go on my Federal BCBS and will have survivor rights to my pension once I send in the paperwork.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:16 PM   #25
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Helen,

Congrats on the wedding! Call your congressperson. That's what they're there for. They have staff that can cut through the red tape to get you a faster decision from OPM. If he/she is particularly sympathetic, maybe they'll hire you in the district office for a year.
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And, there are sympathetic ears in multiple places. My guess is that even if these politicians are not in precisely the right place (i.e.: your US Congressional district), they will still have the connections to help you. Try the link below. Good luck, and congrats on the wedding!

List of the first LGBT holders of political offices in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #26
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And, there are sympathetic ears in multiple places. My guess is that even if these politicians are not in precisely the right place (i.e.: your US Congressional district), they will still have the connections to help you. Try the link below. Good luck, and congrats on the wedding!

List of the first LGBT holders of political offices in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thank you, I will try this.

I really appreciate all the suggests!
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