2Aug
State of Emergency Issued in Hawaii Due to Brush Fire

State of Emergency Issued in Hawaii Due to Brush Fire

The Governor of Hawaii has issued a state of emergency for Hawaii County due to brush fire. There are provisions being made for affected members. 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 August 1, 2021, and an expiration date of September 1, 2021.

 
2Aug
From the CEO

From the CEO

Greetings AFSPA Family,

Many of us are still in summer mode, but there are plenty of things to look out for before closing out the season. I am excited to share our August updates with you below:


Back to School Immunization Awareness

After a year of interruptions and distance learning, the back-to-school rush may be a bit more intense this year. It is important to ensure your kids are adequately protected before returning to school, be it to a hybrid or fully in-person model. Since August is also National Immunization Awareness Month, I wanted to share some immunization guidelines to help keep your kids’ and teens’ vaccinations on track.

The Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) offers no out-of-pocket costs for routine immunizations received from an in-network provider or overseas provider.


COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive

FSBP members aged 18 years or older who received the COVID-19 vaccine during 2021 are now eligible to earn a $25 wellness reward. To earn the incentive, FSBP members must upload documentation (like a copy of their vaccination card) through our AFSPA member portal. Once we review the documentation and verify that the member is fully vaccinated, we will deposit $25 into the member's Wellness Fund Account. For more information, visit our COVID-19 Updates webpage.


Update Your Address

Once again, it is Transfer/Permanent Change of Station (PCS) season. Do not forget to update your mailing address, telephone number and email address with us (if you have not already). You can update this information through the Member Portal as well.


Keeping Up With AFSPA is Easier Than Ever!

Check out our social media pages, blogs and podcasts to stay up to date on our latest news and developments, like our recent Critical Illness Insurance Plan launch. This plan helps cover expenses incurred after a serious (and sometimes unexpected) diagnosis. It is a great option to consider when rounding out your financial portfolio of benefit plans.

As always, we are committed to your wellbeing and finding more ways to connect.

To Your Health, 

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

 
30Jul
COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive for FSBP Members

COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive for FSBP Members

AFSPA has added a new wellness incentive to our current wellness program, Simple Steps to Living Well Together Program and Wellness Incentives. FSBP members, aged 18 years and older, who received the COVID-19 vaccine during 2021 - whether prior to or following the mid-year announcement of the new wellness incentive - are eligible to earn $25.

To earn the incentive, FSBP members must upload documentation (i.e., copy of vaccine card) through our secure member portal at myafspa.org, demonstrating you have been fully vaccinated. Read more information here.

 
23Jul
FEMA Disaster Declaration in Nevada Due to Tamarack Fire

FEMA Disaster Declaration in Nevada Due to Tamarack Fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared a disaster in Nevada for Douglas County due to Tamarack fire. There are provisions being made for affected members. 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 July 20, 2021, and an expiration date of August 20, 2021.

 
21Jul
 International Emergency in Germany and Belgium due to Flooding

International Emergency in Germany and Belgium due to Flooding

An international emergency has been declared in Germany and Belgium due to flooding. 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 July 20, 2021, and an expiration date of August 20, 2021.

 

 
20Jul
FEMA Disaster Declaration in Washington Due to Cub Creek 2 Fire

FEMA Disaster Declaration in Washington Due to Cub Creek 2 Fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared a disaster in Washington for Okanogan County due to Cub Creek 2 Fire. There are provisions being made for affected members. 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 July 20, 2021, and an expiration date of August 20, 2021.