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Virginia Nonprofit WAEPA Waives Premium Fees for Federal Employees During Shutdown

January 18, 2019

By Erin Thibeau

A Falls Church, Virginia-based nonprofit "for feds, by feds" is waiving premium fees due in January for all of its members in the face of the ongoing government shutdown.

Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies (WAEPA) currently serves more than 46,000 civilian federal employees, a majority of whom are based in the D.C. area. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to issue the credit to members, regardless of whether they are impacted by the partial shutdown or not.

If members have already made their January payment, it will be credited on their next bill. Letters are on the way clarifying the exact amount credited for each person, but those with questions should visit the organization's FAQ page or contact page.

“During times like these, we know feds are concerned about paying their bills," WAEPA CEO Shane Canfield says. "We didn’t want our members to have to worry about losing their life insurance coverage on top of their other priorities.”

WAEPA's mission is to provide access to products and services that promote the health, welfare and financial well-being of the civilian federal employees that belong to the organization, and "we’re showing our members that we truly mean that by issuing this credit,” Canfield says.

Check out more benefits WAEPA offers here.

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