Welcome to the month of February, the shortest month of the year, but a month packed with celebrations of love and kindness. Love for one another, but most importantly, love for ourselves. This month let’s focus on the importance of self-care and spreading kindness to others.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 1095-B tax document for members enrolled in the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) in 2022 will be available by mid-February. This document can be requested when logging in to your account in the AFSPA Member Portal.
The Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) proudly welcomes our newest direct billing partner, MedPark Hospital, located in Bangkok, Thailand.
Our direct billing arrangement with MedPark Hospital covers inpatient*, accidental injury*, complete maternity care*, routine annual physical exam* and all covered outpatient medical services**.
Happy New Year! I want to give a special welcome to our new enrollees who chose the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP), or one or more of our Ancillary Insurance Programs (AIP) during Open Season. And a warm thank you to our 35,000 plus members who continue to put their trust in us each year. We truly value your membership and look forward to serving you in 2023.
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.
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***.
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.
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.
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.
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.