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News, updates, and messages from Paula S. Jakub, CEO of AFSPA

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My name is Paula S. Jakub, RHU, Chief Executive Officer of AFSPA. AFSPA’s mission is to provide unparalleled service to our unique membership. We deliver a comprehensive set of health insurance benefits and other services tailored to the needs of the Foreign Service and other Federal Executive branch employees. This mission has been evident since the establishment of our organization in 1929, when our founders set out to build an Association to ensure members of the Foreign Service get access to the care they need while serving overseas. Over the years, we’ve opened our membership to civil service employees from the State Dept., Dept. of Defense, Dept. of Homeland Security and other agencies who work to support U.S. foreign affairs and related missions. We even expanded our benefits to include comprehensive network coverage for members living in the United States.  Today, our membership has grown to over 87,000 active and retired Federal employees and their families, where 60% of them are enjoying our benefits right here in the U.S. Please take a moment to read the archives of my monthly messages below and explore the rest of our website to learn more about all we have to offer.   To Your Health, Paula S. Jakub, RHU CEO, AFSPA

From the CEO – February 2023

Welcome to the month of February, the shortest month of the year, but a month packed with celebrations of love and kindness. Love for one another, but most importantly, love for ourselves. This month let’s focus on the importance of self-care and spreading kindness to others. 

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From the CEO – January 2023

Happy New Year! I want to give a special welcome to our new enrollees who chose the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP), or one or more of our Ancillary Insurance Programs (AIP) during Open Season. And a warm thank you to our 35,000 plus members who continue to put their trust in us each year. We truly value your membership and look forward to serving you in 2023. 

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From the CEO – December 2022

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, we continue to see respiratory viruses, including influenza (the flu), COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV), spreading rapidly across the country. I strongly urge you to get your flu shot and COVID-19 booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone age six months and older receive the flu vaccine. If you are due for a COVID-19 booster, it is safe to get both the flu shot and the COVID-19 booster shots together.

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From the CEO – November 2022

With the holidays approaching and only two months left in 2022, I’m sure many of you are busy preparing for seasonal activities and the upcoming year. This month marks the start of Open Season – a perfect time to start looking at all your benefits and how you and your family will use them in 2023. I invite you to also explore AFSPA’s member-exclusive Ancillary Insurance Programs (AIP) like dental, life, critical illness, and disability insurances to consider adding to your health portfolio next year.

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