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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

From the CEO – January 2022

Happy New Year! A special welcome to our new enrollees who chose the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) or one of our many Ancillary Insurance plans during Open Season. And a warm thank you to our over 32,000 members who continue to put their trust in us each year. We truly value your membership and look forward to serving you in 2022.

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From the CEO – November 2021

As we approach the holiday season, one of the busiest times of the year, make sure you continue to prioritize your health. Read more for information to help you close out the year in a great way.

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From the CEO – October 2021

COVID-19 is still front and center when it comes to our health concerns, but let’s not forget about the upcoming flu season. Experts acknowledge the possibility of a severe season this year due to reduced population immunity following the lack of flu virus activity since March 2020. The CDC recommends vaccines as the most effective way to reduce your risk for seasonal flu and its complications. It is safe to get both your flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

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