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Foreign Service Benefit Plan 2019 Premiums and Benefit Changes

We are excited about offering you our 2019 Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) Rates, Benefits and Programs!  Open Season is from November 12 to December 10, 2018 and the FSBP is here to assist you in making the most informed decision about your health coverage.

Our 2019 bi-weekly enrollee premiums for Self Only (Code 401) and Self and Family (Code 402) increased by only 1.5%, while our Self Plus One (Code 403) bi-weekly premium increased by only 1.7% - once again keeping us extremely competitive, as you can see below.

Review our premiums relative to other high option plans in the FEHB Program.

For a complete review of benefits, programs and services, please review the 2019 FSBP Brochure. Section 2 has the complete list of changes.

Benefit Enhancements for 2019:doctor meeting

  • Added coverage for biofeedback to assist with pain management
  • Removed the $1,000 maximum for foot orthotic devices. Benefits are now subject to the calendar year deductible and coinsurance
  • Changed the adult hearing aid device benefit to allow adult hearing aid devices or replacement per person every 3 consecutive calendar years
  • Added coverage for service contracts for durable medical equipment (DME) other than oxygen concentrators
  • Added coverage for Naloxone-based rescue agents as a preventive medication benefit
  • Reorganized our Simple Steps to Living Well Together Program and Incentives

Our New Programs include:

  • Personal Medication Coach Program
  • In Touch Care (ITC) Program

Important Things you should Know. The Plan also:pharmacist

  • Requires prior approval for certain services
  • Clarifies that non-specialty drugs provided by a physician are covered under Section 5(a), Medical services and supplies provided by physicians and other health care professionals; and Specialty drugs used for long term therapy (chronic specialty drugs) are covered under Section 5(f), Prescription drug benefits
  • Clarifies member eligibility of the Livongo Program and that full use of the cellular meter is limited in certain countries
  • Will validate exchange rates provided by members or Direct Billing Arrangement providers by comparing the exchange rates to information reported by Oanda (www.oanda.com), if supporting documentation on the exchange rate is not submitted with the claim

If you have benefit questions during the Open Season enrollment period, you may contact us by e-mail at [email protected] or call us at 202-833-4910.

We look forward to bringing you these new and enhanced offerings beginning January 1, 2019. 

Remember, this is your open season, make it count!


The information in this announcement is a summary of the Plan’s benefits and features. All benefits are subject to the
definitions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in our official 2019 Plan Brochure RI72-001 on our website.

 


To help you find documents related to our 2019 Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) benefits, programs and services , as well as information about AFSPA, and also FSAFEDS, we have compiled them on this page.

Per the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) mandate to “Go Green” we are mailing Plan materials and ancillary information only to members who have requested paper copies through our Member Portal or have contacted us through customer service.  Members who have not requested paper copies will receive an e-mail directing them to a site where all materials may be obtained. In addition, members may download material from the links below.

If you are a visitor to our site and not a member, we welcome you to find out more information about us by downloading a copy of materials from the links below. We also encourage you to continue your review of our Plan by going to All About FSBP.

Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) Brochure
This is the official 2019 Brochure that contains all the benefits, definitions, limitations and exclusions. Refer to Section 5 to find out what our benefits and special features are.

FSBP Summary of Benefit and Programs
This provides a summary of our benefits and highlights some special features and non-FEHB benefits available to members, including our Wellness Program.

FSBP Wellness Brochure
This describes our Wellness Program Simple Steps to Living Well Together and provides information on our Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and Routine Physical Examination Wellness Incentive, Biometric Screening Wellness Incentive and the Healthy Actions you can take to earn a separate incentive.

AFSPA Program Brochure
This describes programs available to all AFSPA members, whether they have the FSBP or not.  Review it to see our supplemental dental insurance, group term life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, travel insurance, group disability income protection insurance, members of household insurance; and our financial planning/long term care, tax consultation and legal services.

FSAFEDS Flyer
This describes your Flexible Spending Account benefit available to all employed Federal personnel.

Please note, any Open Season changes you make to your health plan take effect:
• For employees, on January 6, 2019
• For annuitants, on January 1, 2019

Overview

Open Season Dates Image

Foreign Service Benefit Plan 2019 Premiums and Benefit Changes

We are excited about offering you our 2019 Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) Rates, Benefits and Programs!  Open Season is from November 12 to December 10, 2018 and the FSBP is here to assist you in making the most informed decision about your health coverage.

Our 2019 bi-weekly enrollee premiums for Self Only (Code 401) and Self and Family (Code 402) increased by only 1.5%, while our Self Plus One (Code 403) bi-weekly premium increased by only 1.7% - once again keeping us extremely competitive, as you can see below.

Review our premiums relative to other high option plans in the FEHB Program.

For a complete review of benefits, programs and services, please review the 2019 FSBP Brochure. Section 2 has the complete list of changes.

Benefit Enhancements for 2019:doctor meeting

  • Added coverage for biofeedback to assist with pain management
  • Removed the $1,000 maximum for foot orthotic devices. Benefits are now subject to the calendar year deductible and coinsurance
  • Changed the adult hearing aid device benefit to allow adult hearing aid devices or replacement per person every 3 consecutive calendar years
  • Added coverage for service contracts for durable medical equipment (DME) other than oxygen concentrators
  • Added coverage for Naloxone-based rescue agents as a preventive medication benefit
  • Reorganized our Simple Steps to Living Well Together Program and Incentives

Our New Programs include:

  • Personal Medication Coach Program
  • In Touch Care (ITC) Program

Important Things you should Know. The Plan also:pharmacist

  • Requires prior approval for certain services
  • Clarifies that non-specialty drugs provided by a physician are covered under Section 5(a), Medical services and supplies provided by physicians and other health care professionals; and Specialty drugs used for long term therapy (chronic specialty drugs) are covered under Section 5(f), Prescription drug benefits
  • Clarifies member eligibility of the Livongo Program and that full use of the cellular meter is limited in certain countries
  • Will validate exchange rates provided by members or Direct Billing Arrangement providers by comparing the exchange rates to information reported by Oanda (www.oanda.com), if supporting documentation on the exchange rate is not submitted with the claim

If you have benefit questions during the Open Season enrollment period, you may contact us by e-mail at [email protected] or call us at 202-833-4910.

We look forward to bringing you these new and enhanced offerings beginning January 1, 2019. 

Remember, this is your open season, make it count!


The information in this announcement is a summary of the Plan’s benefits and features. All benefits are subject to the
definitions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in our official 2019 Plan Brochure RI72-001 on our website.

 

Open Season Materials

To help you find documents related to our 2019 Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) benefits, programs and services , as well as information about AFSPA, and also FSAFEDS, we have compiled them on this page.

Per the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) mandate to “Go Green” we are mailing Plan materials and ancillary information only to members who have requested paper copies through our Member Portal or have contacted us through customer service.  Members who have not requested paper copies will receive an e-mail directing them to a site where all materials may be obtained. In addition, members may download material from the links below.

If you are a visitor to our site and not a member, we welcome you to find out more information about us by downloading a copy of materials from the links below. We also encourage you to continue your review of our Plan by going to All About FSBP.

Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) Brochure
This is the official 2019 Brochure that contains all the benefits, definitions, limitations and exclusions. Refer to Section 5 to find out what our benefits and special features are.

FSBP Summary of Benefit and Programs
This provides a summary of our benefits and highlights some special features and non-FEHB benefits available to members, including our Wellness Program.

FSBP Wellness Brochure
This describes our Wellness Program Simple Steps to Living Well Together and provides information on our Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and Routine Physical Examination Wellness Incentive, Biometric Screening Wellness Incentive and the Healthy Actions you can take to earn a separate incentive.

AFSPA Program Brochure
This describes programs available to all AFSPA members, whether they have the FSBP or not.  Review it to see our supplemental dental insurance, group term life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, travel insurance, group disability income protection insurance, members of household insurance; and our financial planning/long term care, tax consultation and legal services.

FSAFEDS Flyer
This describes your Flexible Spending Account benefit available to all employed Federal personnel.

Please note, any Open Season changes you make to your health plan take effect:
• For employees, on January 6, 2019
• For annuitants, on January 1, 2019

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