1Oct
From the CEO

From the CEO

Greetings AFSPA Family,

Flu Shot – it’s that time of year 

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.

Getting your flu shot provides another opportunity to earn a $25 Wellness reward through the Simple Steps program. To learn more about this and other healthy action rewards, visit our webpage.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to stress the importance of mammograms and wellness checkups. Because regular screenings are a vital part of early detection of breast cancer, the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) provides full coverage for mammograms in accordance with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF). This includes 3D breast tomosynthesis. Annual breast cancer screenings also count as a healthy action as part of the Simple Steps to Living Well Together program, so you can earn a $25 reward toward your wellness incentive fund.

As we focus on raising awareness for breast cancer this month, let’s also ensure we and our loved ones are keeping up with potentially life-saving screenings.


American Pharmacists Month

AFSPA is grateful for pharmacists and their contributions to healthcare and the community. Join us in thanking our pharmacists and spreading the word about the tremendous work they do. FSBP members can contact ESI pharmacists with questions about prescriptions and routine medications by logging in to the Express Scripts online portal. You can also call and speak with a pharmacist at 1-800-818-6717.


Halloween Safety

For children (and some adults), October brings the joy of Halloween. If you plan on attending themed events or taking little ones trick-or-treating, consider taking increased safety measures due to COVID-19. If you plan on giving out candy, avoiding direct contact with trick-or-treaters and setting up stations with pre-bagged treats is recommended. Don’t forget to pair a mask with any costume and try to keep a safe distance from others, even when outdoors. For more detailed Halloween safety guidelines, click here.

If you plan on indulging in Halloween candy this season, make sure you are also taking care of your teeth! October is National Dental Hygiene Month – observe it by keeping your oral health on track. Learning more about our four dental plans is a good place to start. We offer open enrollment year-round, as well as coverage options for Self, Self Plus One and Family. 


Be on the lookout for a new slate of podcast episodes this month. We’re kicking it off with a discussion about breast cancer and second opinions with PinnacleCare on October 4. And, just in case you missed any of our past blogs or podcast episodes, you can visit our website or podcast channel to catch up. Thank you for your continued trust. We look forward to connecting with you this fall and beyond.

To Your Health, 

Paula S. Jakub, RHU
CEO, AFSPA
Executive Director, Senior Living Foundation

 
29Sep
FSBP Partners with Cleveland Clinic London in the United Kingdom

FSBP Partners with Cleveland Clinic London in the United Kingdom

Featured Partner: Cleveland Clinic London

The Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) proudly welcomes our newest direct billing partner, Cleveland Clinic London, located in the United Kingdom.

Our direct billing arrangement with Cleveland Clinic London covers inpatient including day cases over 24 hours*, accidental injury*, routine annual physical exam* and all covered outpatient medical services**.

Cleveland Clinic London has two locations in London, United Kingdom - Cleveland Clinic Portland Place Outpatient Centre, which opened its doors on September 14, 2021 and Cleveland Clinic London Hospital, which is scheduled to open in early 2022.

Cleveland Clinic London is equipped with the latest technology and offers the following features:

  • 184 inpatient beds (including 29 ITU beds)
  • Eight operating rooms
  • Full imaging suite
  • Endoscopy and catheterization labs
  • Day case rooms for surgery
  • Full neurological suite with rehabilitation

FSBP members can schedule appointments with Cleveland Clinic London online or by calling +44 (0)20 3423 7500.

We strive to simplify your care overseas and are delighted to have this billing arrangement. If you have overseas direct billing questions, please visit our FSBP Overseas Partners page on our website, email us, or call us at 202-833-4910 for assistance.

Thank you for being a valued FSBP member.    

*Inpatient, accidental injury, and routine annual physical exam: Member pays no deductible. FSBP pays 100% of covered services.

**Outpatient: Member pays applicable calendar year deductible and 10% coinsurance. FSBP pays 90% of covered services.

 
27Sep
State of Emergency Issued in California Due to Fawn Fire

State of Emergency Issued in California Due to Fawn Fire

The Governor of California has declared a state of emergency for Shasta County due to Fawn Fire. Aetna (the Plan’s Administrator) waives precertification/prior approval requirements for members identified as potentially being affected. If you are impacted by the emergency or have questions regarding precertification/prior approval, please call us at 1-800-593-2354.

Express Scripts (the Plan’s Pharmacy Benefit Manager) has activated an emergency benefit override that allows pharmacies, at the point of sale (POS), to override certain benefit coverage/edits such as an early refill during a government-defined emergency. In addition, if your home delivery of medications is affected by the emergency, you may provide a temporary alternate address (either online at www.express-scripts.com or by calling 1-800-818-6717) or request a local fill as needed. The Emergency Access to Benefits/Refill Too Soon override process is implemented with an effective date of Sept. 24, 2021, and expiration date of Oct. 23, 2021.

 
22Sep
FSBP Partners with SinoUnited Health in Shanghai, China

FSBP Partners with SinoUnited Health in Shanghai, China

Featured Partner: SinoUnited Health

The Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) proudly welcomes our newest direct billing partner, SinoUnited Health, located in Shanghai, China.

Our direct billing arrangement with SinoUnited Health covers inpatient*, accidental injury*, routine annual physical exam*, all covered outpatient medical services** and includes the following facilities:

  • Century Park Clinic
  • Hangzhou Kerry Clinic
  • Huangpu Riverside Clinic
  • New Bund Clinic
  • Shanghai Centre Clinic
  • Zhangjiang Clinic

SinoUnited Health was established in 2015 and specializes in chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, integrating general practitioner and specialist systems to provide effective and holistic care. The facilities offer convenient appointment options through chat, online, and telephone.

We strive to simplify your care overseas and are delighted to have this billing arrangement. If you have overseas direct billing questions, please visit our FSBP Overseas Partners page on our website, email us, or call us at 202-833-4910 for assistance.

Thank you for being a valued FSBP member.    

*Inpatient, accidental injury, and routine annual physical exam: Member pays no deductible. FSBP pays 100% of covered services.

**Outpatient: Member pays applicable calendar year deductible and 10% coinsurance. FSBP pays 90% of covered services.

 

 
16Sep
State of Emergency Issued in Texas due to Tropical Storm Nicholas

State of Emergency Issued in Texas due to Tropical Storm Nicholas

The Governor of Texas has declared a state of emergency for the following counties due to Tropical Storm Nicholas: Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and Wharton. Aetna (the Plan’s Administrator) waives precertification/prior approval requirements for members identified as potentially being affected. If you are impacted by the emergency or have questions regarding precertification/prior approval, please call us at 1-800-593-2354.

Express Scripts (the Plan’s Pharmacy Benefit Manager) has activated an emergency benefit override that allows pharmacies, at the point of sale (POS), to override certain benefit coverage/edits such as an early refill during a government-defined emergency. In addition, if your home delivery of medications is affected by the emergency, you may provide a temporary alternate address (either online at www.express-scripts.com or by calling 1-800-818-6717) or request a local fill as needed. The Emergency Access to Benefits/Refill Too Soon override process is implemented with an effective date of Sept. 13, 2021, and an expiration date of Oct. 13, 2021.

 
10Sep
State of Emergency Issued in Oregon Due to Cougar Peak Fire

State of Emergency Issued in Oregon Due to Cougar Peak Fire

The Governor of Oregon has declared a state of emergency for Lake County due to Cougar Peak Fire. Aetna (the Plan’s Administrator) waives precertification/prior approval requirements for members identified as potentially being affected. If you are impacted by the emergency or have questions regarding precertification/prior approval, please call us at 1-800-593-2354.

Express Scripts (the Plan’s Pharmacy Benefit Manager) has activated an emergency benefit override that allows pharmacies, at the point of sale (POS), to override certain benefit coverage/edits such as an early refill during a government-defined emergency. In addition, if your home delivery of medications is affected by the emergency, you may provide a temporary alternate address (either online at www.express-scripts.com or by calling 1-800-818-6717) or request a local fill as needed. The Emergency Access to Benefits/Refill Too Soon override process is implemented with an effective date of Sept. 9, 2021, and expiration date of Oct. 8, 2021.