Dialogue with the MCPOCG: TRICARE and you


Graphic for Dialouge with the MCPOCG series.

This blog post is the latest in a series titled “Dialogue with the MCPOCG,” written by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell. As the Coast Guard’s senior enlisted leader, Cantrell is responsible for advising the Commandant on workforce issues, and advocating for military benefits and entitlements. He will periodically use this platform to pass information to the Coast Guard workforce.

Written by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven W. Cantrell

Our Coast Guard men and women are the best in the world at what they do, whether it’s enforcing maritime law, safeguarding those who work, live or play on our nation’s waterways, ensuring the safe flow of maritime commerce, or other mission set.

The nation asks a lot of the Coast Guard, and in turn, your Coast Guard asks a lot of you.

And, there are things that an organization owes its members if it’s going to ask so much from them: a safe and secure environment to work in; the resources to get the job done; the freedom to pursue individual goals; and a suite of entitlements to include competitive pay and access to adequate healthcare.

Based on the vast variety of each individual’s or each family’s medical needs, arranging healthcare can be a complicated endeavor:

  • How do I find the right provider when a military treatment facility isn’t an option?
  • What do I have to gain/lose if I’m classified as TRICARE Prime? TRICARE Prime Remote? TRICARE Standard?
  • How do I enroll my newborn child into the military healthcare system?
  • How do I find healthcare providers for my family’s special needs?
  • What are my options for treatment if I want to self refer for a substance abuse or behavioral/mental health issue?


TRICARE ends walk-in serviceThat’s why the Coast Guard’s All Hands blog will soon kick off a blog series called “TRICARE and you.” The blog series will run for a few months and cover these and other topics pertaining to the various challenges our members have faced coordinating healthcare.

The blog posts will outline some of those challenges, possible solutions, and resources for members to find more information.

So, stay tuned to All Hands for great information on how to best navigate the Coast Guard’s healthcare system to ensure you and your family gets the best medical care possible.

What do you think? What topics relating to medical care in the Coast Guard do you think need to be discussed? What resources should be shared? Let us know by commenting on this blog post or by emailing SocialMedia@uscg.mil.

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