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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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FSBP Partners with Wáberer Medical Center

The Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) proudly welcomes our newest direct billing partner, Wáberer Medical Center, located in Budapest, Hungary.
Our direct billing arrangement with Wáberer Medical Center covers inpatient*, accidental injury*, routine annual physical exam*, physical therapy** and all covered outpatient medical services***.

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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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From the CEO – October 2022

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the flu virus may be more severe this winter, so I strongly urge you to get your flu 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. As an added benefit, Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) members age 18+ years can earn a $25 wellness reward after receiving the flu shot. 

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Foreign Service Benefit Plan Achieves AAAHC Reaccreditation

The Foreign Service Benefit Plan has achieved a full three-year reaccreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This means that FSBP has met the rigorous standards of quality health care set by AAAHC. FBSP first received accreditation in 2015 and is reevaluated every three years in order to retain the designation.

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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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Brightline: New Behavioral Health Support for Kids

We are excited to introduce Brightline, a new behavioral health benefit for members enrolled in the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP). Brightline brings extraordinary behavioral health care for kids and teens, and support for parents and caregivers in the form of psychologists, psychiatrists, speech therapists and more.

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