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FAES offers a comprehensive insurance plan to NIH Fellows.

The FAES Insurance Office is open Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm by appointment. Please contact FAES by phone 301-496-8063 or email to schedule an appointment. Insurance representatives continue to be available by phone and email Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. We continue to process new enrollments, renewals, and terminations via email, and offer Virtual Video Health Insurance Consultations. Please email us to schedule a virtual meeting.

The FAES Trustmark Insurance Table of Contents for machine readable files is available at this link.

December 15, 2022

Express Scripts Pharmacy Network Change

Effective on January 1, 2023, Harris Teeter pharmacies will no longer be part of the Express Scripts pharmacy network. If you fill prescriptions at a Harris Teeter pharmacy, they will not be covered by the FAES pharmacy plan, and you may pay a higher cost for your medications. If you recently, or previously, filled a prescription at a Harris Teeter pharmacy, you will receive a letter from Express Scripts informing you of participating pharmacies in your area. To avoid any interruption in your treatment, transfer your prescription to a participating pharmacy before January 1, 2023.  

It’s easy to move your prescription. Here are 3 ways to make the switch:

1. Take your prescription bottle to your new pharmacy and they’ll contact your current pharmacy to transfer your prescription.

2. Call your new pharmacy and ask them to transfer your prescription.

3. Ask your doctor to contact your new pharmacy with your prescription information.

Visit for a full list of in-network pharmacies near you.

May 23, 2022

At-Home Covid-19 Tests Kits

FAES plan participants can get free at-home COVID-19 tests in three ways: 

  1. Express Scripts (ESI) Pharmacy: Order up to 8 at-home COVID-19 tests every 30 days from Express Scripts Pharmacy. Log in or register to place your order on
  2. Retail pharmacy: You can pick up tests from your local ESI-participating pharmacy. Purchase tests at the pharmacy counter and offer your benefit information for a $0 copay. If you pay for the tests out-of-pocket, ask for a pharmacy receipt. Log in to your account on for instructions on how to submit a reimbursement claim.
  3. Federal government: With the help of the United States Postal Service (USPS), households can request tests to be delivered for free. Learn more and order at-home tests at

FAES makes it simple for Fellows to acquire the health insurance coverage they need for working or training at NIH. We have partnered with Trustmark® and MetLife to provide insurance plans that include medical/prescription, dental and vision for you or your family.

FAES is committed to meeting the insurance needs of Fellows and their families. Our friendly and knowledgeable support staff are here to assist you with understanding your plan benefits and responsibilities as well as the many health-related services available to you during your tenure here at NIH.

Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday
Phone: 301.496.8063
Fax: 301.480.3585

“Less than one hour for an email reply! Incredibly knowledgeable and excellent in explaining detailed information regarding insurance policies.”
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FAES Dedicates New Scholar House

The Foundation for the Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) dedicated the first of six new scholar houses that opened in August 2022 as part of the new community for biomedical innovation at t