Dear AFSPA Member,
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.
New Features & Important Benefit Enhancements in 2023
The new year brings new and enhanced coverage, beginning with FSBP’s added coverage for services, supplies and drugs related to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures (up to $5,000 maximum per member per calendar year). In addition, FSBP now provides coverage for services performed by a licensed doula up to $1,200 per calendar year. To learn more about other 2023 FSBP benefit updates and enhancements, refer to the 2023 FSBP Plan Brochure.
We added a new FSBP — Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan. This plan offers enhanced benefits for members who have Medicare Parts A and B as their primary coverage and reside in the 50 United States. If you missed the Open Season mark, don’t worry. You can opt into this plan any time during the year, not just Open Season. Opting in to the FSBP — Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan is voluntary. If you decide to opt in, you will continue to be a member of FSBP and receive normal plan benefits. If you change your mind after opting in, you can switch back to your existing FSBP High Option coverage at any time, not just during Open Season. For more information about this plan, visit fsbphealth.com/retiree.
Lastly, if you take maintenance medications, don’t forget to check the Plan’s latest Formulary for any changes in the list of preferred drugs and non-preferred drugs. Preferred drugs are drugs that are either more effective at treating a particular condition than other drugs in the same class of drugs, or as effective as and less costly than similar medications. Nonpreferred drugs also may be covered under the prescription drug benefit, but at a higher cost-sharing tier. The Plan’s Formulary is updated periodically and is subject to change. There could be changes to your out-of-pocket costs and we want you to be prepared. Also, if you currently are using one of the excluded medications on this list, please ask your doctor to consider writing you a new prescription for one of the preferred alternative drugs to avoid paying full price for the prescription.
New Year, Same Theme, and a Healthier You
For 2023, we are continuing our theme of, “Physical Health Leads to Better Mental Wellness – A Link to a Healthier You.”
The start of a new year presents lots of opportunities, but it also can come with challenges. It’s a natural thing to feel anxious about what’s to come or feel down and depressed because you didn’t quite reach your 2022 goals. Some people refer to it as the “New Year’s Blues. ” I want to remind you of our programs to support you and your dependents. Members and eligible dependents enrolled in FSBP can participate in a variety of programs to help with mental health, nutrition and weight management, diabetes, heart health, chronic conditions, pain management, and more. In addition, you can earn wellness incentives after completing certain programs and preventive services. Learn more about that here.
January 15-21 is Healthy Weight Week
Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy, diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems. Diets are a temporary fix to a long-term problem and usually, they do not work. Healthy lifelong habits are what produce weight loss, weight maintenance, and good health. During Healthy Weight Week, put the scale away, stop dieting, focus on loving yourself and your body, and change the way you approach healthy habits. Here are some ideas to begin making changes to your life.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States, about 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed and about 4,000 women die of this cancer. Hispanic women have the highest rates of developing cervical cancer, and black women have the highest rates of dying from cervical cancer. However, anyone with a cervix is at risk for cervical cancer. Talk to your doctor about how often you should receive a cervical cancer screening and/or an HPV screening test. Screening tests and the HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer.
FSBP offers a $25 wellness incentive to you and your covered dependents age 18 and older after completing a cervical cancer screening. Click here to learn more about other healthy actions that earn you wellness incentives throughout the year.
We anticipate a wonderful 2023. I want to personally wish you all a safe, prosperous, and healthy year ahead. Thank you for your trust and for giving us the opportunity to serve you and your family.
To your health,
Paula S. Jakub, RHU
Executive Director, Senior Living Foundation