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September 1, 2020

FAES Open Enrollment September 14th to 25th

Medical/Prescription, Dental and Vision Plans| 2020-2021 Plan Year
Effective November 1, 2020

Since 1959 the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) has been working to support the professional and educational mission of the National Institutes of Health. This support has included a health insurance program for select members of the NIH community over the past several decades. We have made many changes over the years with the end goal of ensuring a robust and sustainable plan and continue to review options to enhance our plan offering. 

NEW MetLife Dental and Vision Plans

We are pleased to announce the addition of robust and comprehensive dental and vision plans through MetLife effective November 1, 2020 for all FAES insurance subscribers. The new dental and vision plans will be bundled with the medical plan and Fellows will not pay for the monthly premiums.  Plan details can be found in the 2020-2021 Benefit Guide.  

Previously, an optional MetLife TakeAlong Dental plan was available for Fellows to purchase and monthly premiums were paid by the Fellows directly to MetLife. Please note, if you elected to purchase the optional dental coverage you will need to make sure to cancel your policy effective October 31, 2020. 

FAES will continue to offer the Trustmark/AETNA Signature Administrators PPO plan for the 2020-2021 plan year and we are happy to announce that no coverage changes were made for the new plan year.

If you are currently enrolled and choose to remain on the medical plan for the new plan year, you will automatically be enrolled in the dental and vision plan effective November 1, 2020; you do not need to fill out new paperwork.  Since this is bundled coverage in all three plans: Medical/Prescription, Dental and Vision, there is no option to opt out of any one portion of the plan. 

Open Enrollment Sessions

Open Enrollment will be from September 14 to 25, 2020. FAES will be hosting daily virtual Open Enrollment sessions via Zoom. Please attend one of these sessions to learn about the plan offerings.

September 14th through September 25th at 3pm.

https://faes-org.zoom.us/j/98091657916

Zoom Meeting ID: 980 9165 7916

If you have recently moved, please remember to email us your new mailing address.  Please send all inquiries to faesinsurance@mail.nih.gov

 

Thank you,

FAES Insurance

(301) 496-8063


August 13, 2020

FAES Open Enrollment September 14th to 25th

FAES Open Enrollment | 2020-2021 Plan Year
AETNA Signature Administrators-PPO
Effective November 1, 2020

Since 1959 the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) has been working to support the professional and educational mission of the National Institutes of Health. This support has included a health insurance program for select members of the NIH community over the past several decades. We have made many changes over the years with the end goal of ensuring a robust and sustainable plan.

FAES will continue to offer the AETNA Signature Administrators PPO for the 2020-2021 plan year. We are pleased to announce the addition of a bundled dental and vision plan through MetLife effective November 1, 2020 for all FAES insurance subscribers.

If you are currently enrolled your membership in the medical plan will renew and you will automatically be enrolled in the dental and vision plan effective November 1, 2020.

Open Enrollment will be from September 14 to 25, 2020. FAES will be hosting daily virtual Open Enrollment sessions beginning September 14th through September 25th at 3pm. Please attend one of these sessions to learn about the plan offerings. The virtual meeting link along with additional information will be sent out closer to the Open Enrollment dates. The information will be posted on the FAES website.

If you have recently moved, please remember to email us your new mailing address.  Please send all inquiries to faesinsurance@mail.nih.gov

Thank you,

FAES Insurance
(301) 496-8063


May 20, 2020

Virtual Health Insurance Consultation

FAES Now Offering Virtual Health Insurance Consultations

Schedule an appointment today.


March 24, 2020

FAES Health Insurance Plan: COVID-19

All FAES onsite offices are closed. FAES Insurance is working remotely during our normal operating hours, Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. We are processing all new enrollments, renewals and terminations via email.  FAES is committed to continue providing excellent customer service virtually to ensure that all your health insurance needs are addressed.

 

FAES is covering the COVID-19 test at 100%, in and out of network, regardless of place of setting (including telemedicine visits). This will leave members with no deductible, copayment or coinsurance should they need to have this testing done. Information on COVID-19 insurance coverage in accordance withThe Families First Coronavirus Response Act”. Telemedicine Coverage: With the COVID-19 pandemic, many providers are transitioning traditional office visits to telemedicine visits. The FAES insurance plan covers in-network telemedicine visits at 100% after a $15 copayment for Primary Care and a $25 copayment for Specialist. Out-of-network telemedicine visits are covered at 70% after the out-of-network deductible. Please consult with your provider if they are capable of telemedicine visits. For any questions, please contact FAES Insurance at 301-496-8063 or faesinsurance@mail.nih.gov


January 1, 2020

New Pharmacy Benefit Manager - Express Scripts

All FAES Insurance members will be transitioning to a new Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM), Express Scripts for which you will receive a card with the updated information by the third week of December (Trustmark-Medical/Express Scripts-Pharmacy) to be used beginning January 1, 2020. During the transition, any remaining refills on prescriptions should transfer automatically and CVS pharmacies will remain part of the network of locations to fill prescriptions. There will be some changes in which subscribers will need to move from a brand drug to a generic equivalent for which affected members will be notified and there will be assistance provided by the Express Scripts Member Services option in their online portal for anyone in need of help beginning January 1, 2020.

Transitioning to Express Scripts- Frequently Asked Questions
    
CoreSource is changing their brand name to Trustmark Health Benefits effective January 1, 2020.  They are still the same company, but you will see a new Trustmark logo on all related insurance materials. The CoreSource member web portal, myCoreSource.com will automatically redirect to myTrustmarkBenefits.com. This change does not affect your medical benefits, for more information on your medical coverage, please visit  Benefits Guide. Beginning January 1, 2020, please show your new member ID card to your pharmacist when filling a prescription for yourself or a covered family member. You will also be able to access your pharmacy ID information anytime from your mobile device if you download the Express Scripts mobile app beginning January 1, 2020. If you have recently moved, please remember to email us your new mailing address. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the FAES Health Insurance Department via email at FAESINSURANCE@mail.nih.gov.