Tricare and You – Reservists injured or ill while on orders

When a Coast Guard Reserve member is performing duties on military orders, they are eligible for health care for the period of their service. Check out this week’s Tricare and You segment to see what your entitlements are and what steps you should take to ensure you’re covered.

TRICARE and You – Losing your provider or network doctor

For any number of reasons you may lose access to your TRICARE doctor. Your provider may elect to no longer accept TRICARE, may retire, move, or leave medical practice. Regardless of the reason, the result is that you and your dependents may no longer have a doctor. Read the full blog to find out what steps to take if you lose your network doctor!

TRICARE and You – Upcoming contract changes

Changes are coming to the way TRICARE is managed, and it’s important that you stay informed so that you get the most out of your benefit. 2016 saw a major renegotiation of the TRICARE contract, affecting all Coast Guard, DOD, PHS and NOAA members, dependents and retirees. A transition period will be in effect until late 2017, when the new contract will begin.

TRICARE and You – Expanded coverage

TRICARE regularly reviews its coverage of procedures and expands services, procedures and processes covered to provide the best care possible to eligible beneficiaries. There are some recent additions to services covered. Beginning in December of 2016 the Auditory Osseointerated Implant (AOI) is a covered benefit for non active duty members, and has recently expanded services to diagnose and treat illness to the urinary system. Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is also now covered under TRICARE, as well as preventive health care visits for TRICARE Prime enrolled beneficiaries age 6 and older. Read the full blog for more details!

TRICARE and You – Dependent Adult Children

If you have an adult child that remains dependent on you for support, they may be eligible for TRICARE benefits. In order for your child to qualify to remain your eligible dependent after age 21, or age 23 if a full time student, they must be declared as “incapacitated”. In order to meet these criteria they must be incapable of providing their own support and dependent on their TRICARE sponsor for over 50 percent of their support. Additionally the incapacitation must have occurred before age 21 or age 23 if a full time student. Your child must also be unmarried. If they are married and become unmarried, you can apply for reinstatement of benefits. Read on to see if your child qualifies, and if so what benefits that they may be entitled to.

TRICARE and You – Tobacco Cessation

Stopping tobacco use isn’t impossible, but it’s tough to do alone. There are many programs available from TRICARE and the Coast Guard to assist you. Among TRICARE’ range of covered options for tobacco cessation includes tobacco cessation products, and TRICARE will pay for tobacco cessation counseling from a TRICARE authorized provider for up to 18 counseling sessions per quit attempt, including 4 individual sessions. Stopping tobacco use can will improve your health! Benefits include: breathing easier, improved sense of taste and smell and reduced risk of heart disease and cancer over time. Learn more and take the first step towards tobacco cessation.

TRICARE and You – Preventive health care

While access to appropriate medical care is important when you’re sick or injured, its even more important when you’re trying to keep from becoming ill. Preventive health care is key to preserving your wellness, and TRICARE is expanding its coverage of preventive medicine services. TRICARE currently covers well child care for children under age five, well woman exams, eye exams, and comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention exams. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017 TRICARE will pay for yearly preventive medicine office visits for all beneficiaries enrolled to TRICARE Prime over six years of age. Read the full post to learn more!

TRICARE and You – Pharmacy Changes

Pharmacies participating in the TRICARE Network will change as of December 1, 2016. Walgreens will become part of the network and CVS pharmacies will leave the network. If you go to a CVS pharmacy after Dec. 1, 2016 you will have to pay in advance for your prescription and file for partial reimbursement after as CVS would then be a non participating pharmacy.

TRICARE and You – Autism Care Demonstration and applied behavior analysis therapy

TRICARE has introduced a new Autism Care Demonstration designed to provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for dependents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A demonstration is a test or pilot program. The autism care demonstration will last until December 2018 when it will be evaluated for continuation. Read the full post to learn more.

TRICARE and You – Veterans’ Affairs

If you’re separating or retiring from active service you may be considering applying to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) for benefits. If you have a service related injury or illness you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation, or receive care from a VA medical facility. Preparing correctly can make the process of obtaining VA benefits much easier and receive any authorized benefits faster.

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