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This is an informational and educational podcast by the American Foreign Service Protective Association (AFSPA), featuring Chief Operating Officer Kyle Longton. AFSPA Talks covers a range of topics across a multitude of categories, from mental wellness, to dental care, to speech and hearing awareness. This podcast is intended for all listeners, not only AFSPA members. This podcast is not intended to give out medical advice, please seek a professional for medical questions.

This is an informational and educational podcast by the American Foreign Service Protective Association (AFSPA), featuring Chief Operating Officer Kyle Longton. AFSPA Talks covers a range of topics across a multitude of categories, from mental wellness, to dental care, to speech and hearing awareness. This podcast is intended for all listeners, not only AFSPA members. This podcast is not intended to give out medical advice, please seek a professional for medical questions.

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This is an informational and educational podcast by the American Foreign Service Protective Association (AFSPA), featuring Chief Operating Officer Kyle Longton. AFSPA Talks covers a range of topics across a multitude of categories, from mental wellness, to dental care, to speech and hearing awareness. This podcast is intended for all listeners, not only AFSPA members. This podcast is not intended to give out medical advice, please seek a professional for medical questions.

Language:

English


Episodes

AFSPA Talks Overseas Care

7/11/2022
To kick off a month-long focus on overseas care, State Department Chief Medical Officer Larry Padget joins us to talk about the work of the Bureau of Medical Services (MED). Learn about the structure of a mission's Health Unit, the work of regional medical officers and medical providers, and the basics of a MEDEVAC situation. MED serves as the medical home for tens of thousands, and Dr. Padget provides an inside look for the rest of us.

Duration:00:32:38

AFSPA Talks Family Formation Journeys

6/20/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, members of the Foreign Service community join to share their journeys with growing their families. Their stories of adoption, IVF, and surrogacy highlight the challenges and joys that each family experienced. In celebration of Pride Month, we are proud to feature stories from the LGBTQ+ community about their Family Formation Journeys. Thank you to glifaa (Gays, and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs agencies) for their help in putting this episode together. For more...

Duration:01:10:56

AFSPA Talks Infertility and Mental Health

6/13/2022
Today AFSPA Talks kicks off a month-long focus on infertility and family formation with a focus on the mental health. Experiencing challenges conceiving, facing a diagnosis of infertility, and considering ways to expand your family including ART procedures and adoption have effects beyond physical health. They can cause depression and anxiety, put strain on relationships, and more. Our guest today, Alicia Janik, PsyD, addresses the broad effects of infertility and family formation on our...

Duration:00:48:46

AFSPA Talks Financial Wellness

6/3/2022
As we wrap up our focus on AFSPA's AIP options, Vishal Jain from Prudential joins us to discuss Financial Wellness. Learn about the connections between financial and mental wellness and how Prudential's Financial Wellness Program - available at no cost to all AFSPA members - can help you manager your daily spending, pay down debt, and plan for the future. For more information about this program, visit: https://www.afspa.org/professionalservices/#Financial_Wellness. If you missed our first...

Duration:00:24:47

AFSPA Talks Life and AD&D Insurance

5/23/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton talks about Life Insurance. Do you know the differences between term, whole, and universal life insurance? Nina Matias from Prudential does, and she’s back to share her expertise. This time, she talks about life and AD&D insurance. Find out about evolutions in the types of plans available and what considerations to take into account when deciding your coverage needs. For information about AFSPA’s life insurance plans, please visit...

Duration:00:29:23

AFSPA Talks Disability and Critical Illness Insurance

5/16/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton talks about AFSPA’s Disability and Critical Illness Insurance. AFSPA offers many different forms important forms of protection in the event of the unexpected. Two of those may seem to overlap or duplicate coverage: critical illness insurance and long term disability. They are not the same, and today’s episode explores what each covers, how the coverage works, and why you might want to consider one or both. Our focus with AIP continues with...

Duration:00:27:13

AFSPA Talks Discount Care Programs

5/9/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton talks about AFSPA’s Discount Care Program. Valerie DeBruin, VP of Network Operations for Careington and Dr. Joan Waldron discuss the discount plans - their value and how they work. Dr. Waldron also provides great information about the important of preventative dental care. For more information on AFSPA’s Discount Care Program, click here.

Duration:00:31:36

AFSPA Talks AIP: Intro to AIP Month

5/2/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO, Kyle Longton and Adrienne Seabrooks, Director of Ancillary Insurance Programs at AFSPA, talk about some of the unique AIP programs AFSPA offers. This is a preview of four episodes in our “Focus on AIP” podcast series. To learn more about AFSPA’s Ancillary Insurance Programs (AIP), visit our website at afspa.org/aip. Watch this quick video to see how some of our most important ancillary programs came to be.

Duration:00:19:51

AFSPA Talks Overseas Virtual Opinion

3/7/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO, Kyle Longton has an in-depth discussion with Dr. Peter Rasmussen, MD, Chief Clinical Officer at The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Susan Scott, Director of Client Services at The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic about our partnership with Cleveland Clinic for the overseas virtual second opinion program. The Foreign Service Benefit Plan has a special arrangement with Cleveland Clinic to provide a Virtual Second Opinion to patients who receive treatment in...

Duration:00:28:51

AFSPA Talks Medicare Advantage Plans

2/21/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO, Kyle Longton has an in-depth discussion on Medicare Advantage Plans and how they work together with the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and commercial plans, with John H. Ficaro, Vice President of Aetna Group Retiree & De-Risking Solutions. This is the last episode of our "Focus on Medicare" podcast series. If you missed the first two episodes of this series, below are the links to listen to each episode. AFSPA Talks Medicare & the...

Duration:00:43:17

AFSPA Talks Medicare, Tricare, and the FEHB

2/14/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO, Kyle Longton discusses Medicare, Tricare, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, and how they work together with Rear Adm. Christine Hunter (Ret.), MD Former Chief Medical Officer, OPM Co-Chair, NCQA Committee on Performance Measurement. AFSPA CEO, Paula S. Jakub, RHU also joins the conversation to give us more information on how Medicare coordinates benefits with the other two programs. Below are some helpful...

Duration:01:01:29

AFSPA Talks Medicare & the FEHB

2/7/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, CEO, Paula Jakub brings us through a discussion on Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, and how they work together. Paula talks about Medicare regulations, benefit coordination, how to differentiate between Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D, and how the FEHB coverage works for federal retirees who do not take Medicare. We highly encourage you to follow along with the visual slides from our recorded webinar presentation at Medicare &...

Duration:01:25:30

AFSPA Talks New Year's Resolutions

1/10/2022
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton takes us through a discussion of how AFSPA can help you with your 2022 new year's resolutions. Listen in as Kyle discusses wellness incentives, wellness programs, and more!

Duration:00:19:04

AFSPA Talks Holiday Health and Coaching

12/13/2021
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton discusses staying healthy throughout the holiday season with Dr. Jonathan Rubens, Chief Medical Officer of ActiveHealth Management. Senior Director Leah Briggs also joins the conversation to give us more information on Lifestyle and Condition Coaching and how a coach can help you stay on track this holiday season. Jonathan S. Rubens brings more than 25 years of experience as a physician leader in both academic and community settings. As the...

Duration:00:45:56

AFSPA Talks Open Season Pt. 2

12/6/2021
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton is the one being interviewed! That's right, this episode dives into Open Season and the questions members usually have this time of year. Kyle brings us through 2022 Foreign Service Benefit Plan plan changes and enhancements, and answers FAQs.

Duration:00:24:07

AFSPA Talks Long Term Care

11/29/2021
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion on Long Term Care for Long Term Care Awareness Month. For this episode, Kyle is joined by Linda Tsironis Caruthers, founder and CEO of Long-Term Care Consultants. Linda Tsironis Caruthers, CSA, LTCP is the founder and CEO of Long-Term Care Consultants, Inc., a dedicated long-term care insurance agency providing long-term care planning and caregiver support resources to individuals and employer groups. She has...

Duration:00:42:07

AFSPA Talks the Senior Living Foundation of the American Foreign Service

11/22/2021
In this episode of AFSPA Talks we hear from the Senior Living Foundation's caregiving webinar. AFSPA CEO Paula Jakub, who also serves as the Executive Director of the Senior Living Foundation provides some background on the Foundation and introduces Heather Suri, an aging life care professional who runs a care management agency in Northern Virginia, and Kevin Montgomery, a licensed clinical social worker with AbleTo, a mental wellness program we’ve discussed previously. Heather will share...

Duration:00:34:21

AFSPA Talks Healthy Pregnancy

11/15/2021
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion on healthy pregnancy with Dr. Joanne Armstrong, Chief Medical Officer for Women's Health and Genomics at CVS Health. Kyle and Dr. Armstrong talk about preparing for pregnancy, advice for while you're pregnant, and post-pregnancy tips. Joanne Armstrong, MD, MPH is She is responsible for women's health and genomics policy, strategy, and clinical program design across all CVSH enterprise units. Dr. Armstrong has...

Duration:00:45:59

AFSPA Talks Open Season with CEO Paula Jakub

11/8/2021
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of 2021 Open Season with AFSPA's CEO, Paula Jakub. The two talk plan enhancements, changes, and more, serving as your guide to this year's Open Season. Open Season runs from November 8 - December 13. Go to afspa.org/openseason for more information, and visit afspa.org/events to register for one of our virtual Open Season events. Visit afspa.org/blog for more information on Open Season, including all virtual...

Duration:00:29:31

AFSPA Talks Diabetes

11/1/2021
In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of diabetes with Teladoc Health's Director of Clinical Products, Dr. Tejaswi Kompala. Dr. Teja Kompala is the Director of Clinical Products and clinical subject matter expert for the diabetes and weight management/diabetes prevention programs. As a board-certified Endocrinologist, her responsibilities at Teladoc Health focus on clinical strategy, product development, and clinical analytics across chronic...

Duration:00:31:30