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

Welcome and thank you for visiting our site!

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

From the CEO – September 2022

As the warm summer season dwindles away and the feeling of cool temperatures arrive, we tend to start crawling into our caves, indulging ourselves in delicious comfort food, and exercising less. But be mindful that this behavior of eating more and exercising less can contribute to higher cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Here are some healthier fall recipe options that are perfect for colder weather.

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From the CEO – August 2022

As a new school year quickly approaches, I’d like to remind you to schedule an appointment for you and your child to get up to date on annual exams and recommended vaccines if you haven’t done so already.

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From the CEO – July 2022

I hope this summer brings you rest, relaxation, and a chance to reconnect with loved ones near or far. Summertime should be calming and relaxing, so let’s make this season as stress-free as it is meant to be. Here are some activities to help you relax and resources to help support your overall mental wellness

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From the CEO – June 2022

As I am writing this message from the office, it seems as if we are now entering a new chapter – a step closer to a post-pandemic world. While we are very much still in a pandemic, I am happy to see more people enjoying each other’s company away from a virtual-only setting.

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