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Medicare Advantage: It’s Not as Complicated as You Think

In 2023, AFSPA decided to add an Aetna Medicare Plan to their Foreign Service Benefit Plan. This is great news, but deciphering between the different Medicare plans can be confusing. Don’t fret! AFSPA has provided multiple resources to help you better understand what the FSBP and Medicare can do for you.

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Ring in the New Year with a Cervical Cancer Screening

The New Year is often a time for resolutions, life changes, and signing up for a gym. But something that may not be on your mind as we begin 2023 is cervical health. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Most often, cases of cervical cancer are caused by Human Papillomavirus, also known as HPV, which is transmitted sexually. 

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What’s New for FSBP in 2023

As of November 14, Open Season is officially underway! AFSPA is incredibly excited about this year’s Open Season. Until December 12, AFSPA employees will be at eligible agencies’ health fairs, so look out for our table at your agency’s event. 

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Fight Like a Girl?

The month of October is associated with Halloween, pumpkins, fall weather, and candy. In the U.S., October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When thinking about breast cancer awareness, the color pink and the phrase, “fight like a girl,” comes to mind. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer for women, skin cancer is the most common. It is not unusual for people to know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but what are the actual statistics? 

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One in Five: Childhood Obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Month. About 1 in 5 American children has obesity. Many factors such as sleep routines, physical activity, genetics and eating patterns contribute to this statistic. And unfortunately, childhood obesity puts children at a higher risk for asthma, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint issues, and more.  

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A Look at Suicide Prevention in 2022

September was declared National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in 2008 because there is an overwhelming stigma that surrounds suicide and makes it a difficult topic to approach. Although suicide can seem taboo to talk about, it does not mean it is not something that is affecting people daily. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 46,000 people died by suicide in 2020. That is equivalent to about one death every 11 minutes.

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