U. S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center
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U.S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
444 S. E. Quincy St.
Topeka, KS 66683-3591
Web-TPAX https://webtpax.osc.uscg.mil/ (copy and paste into address bar, must be on a CG Workstation. Web-Tpax cannot be accessed via the internet)
Effective Monday, 11 May 2020, PPC's Call Center will resume taking live phone calls.
The phone number for PPC Customer Care is 1-866-772-8724 and the hours of operation are 0700 - 1600 Central Time.
All customers are encouraged to submit trouble tickets through electronic means, if possible. You can submit a trouble ticket by emailing PPC-DG-CustomerCare@uscg.mil. For those with CG Portal access, you can submit the online trouble ticket form found at https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/ppc/SitePages/Contact Us.aspx. Thank you!
June 26, 2020
TRICARE FAQs: COVID-19 and Telemedicine Services
As you begin to schedule a doctor's appointment, you may have questions about your TRICARE benefit. You can find answers to your frequently asked questions (FAQs) and more on the TRICARE Coronavirus FAQs page. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about telemedicine or telehealth and COVID-19.
June 23, 2020
Changes Coming Soon for Some TRICARE Select Retired Beneficiaries
Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, TRICARE Select Group A retired beneficiaries must pay monthly enrollment fees in order to maintain their TRICARE health coverage. This is a change, and the first time this beneficiary group will pay enrollment fees. Here the key points you need to know.
June 3, 2020
Direct-Access Password Reset Guidance
During a recent Direct Access (DA) system upgrade, the forgot password security question "What is your mother's maiden name?" was disabled in DA to reduce the possibility of a compromise of personally identifiable information (PII). For users who originally chose this as a security question, the hint question will now default to "What town were you born in?" but the ANSWER has NOT changed from what the user originally established for "What is your mother's maiden name?"
June 2, 2020
TRICARE Health Matters Newsletter Issue 2, 2020
Do you want to learn more about how to get health care, telehealth appointments, and prescriptions during COVID-19? Here are just some of the articles you can read in the latest issue of the TRICARE Health Matters Newsletter:
TRICARE Responds to the COVID-19 Crisis
Pharmacy Options: Filling Prescriptions When Social Distancing
Getting Care During COVID-19
Staying Mentally Fit at Home
May 29, 2020
TRICARE Plan Options for Young Adults
Graduation season is upon us. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 2.96 million students are expected to earn their associate's or bachelor's degree this year. But celebrations look different. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, high school and college graduates aren't gathering in auditoriums wearing caps and gowns. Still, as they age, it's good to know that TRICARE transitions with your kids as they become adults.
May 22, 2020
Temporary Changes to Identification Card Renewal Policies During COVID-19 – Update – CAC/LAC Certificate Rekeying
ALCOAST 190/20 announces temporary policy changes, in addition to those announced in ALCOAST 139/20, for renewal of Common Access Cards (CAC) and Logical Access Cards (LACs) in response to COVID-19. These changes are mandated by the Department of Defense (DoD), and apply to all military services, including the Coast Guard. Policy changes, such as use of expired CACs with updated certificates, is an example of additional efforts available to minimize in-person visits to DEERS/RAPIDS offices to ensure the health and safety of all personnel and beneficiaries. The guidance is in effect for CAC and LAC holders through 30 September 2020.
May 21, 2020
Appointments, Immunity, and Scams: COVID-19 Myths vs. Facts
Are you wondering how to access health care during COVID-19? Do you have questions about developing immunity, or how to respond to TRICARE scams? Get help using TRICARE resources, FAQs, and read these "myths vs. facts."
To learn more, read the article.
May 13, 2020
Is Your ID Card About to Expire?
Is your ID card expiring soon? The Department of Defense is temporarily allowing Common Access Card (CAC) holders to renew an unexpired card's credentials online using the ID Card Office Online. Uniformed Services ID cardholders can continue to present a card that expired on or after Jan. 1, 2020 to get care and fill prescriptions.
May 8, 2020
A Friendly Reminder: Keep Your DEERS Info Updated
Did you know that not keeping your family's information current in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) could delay their access to health care? Errors can also cause delays with your claims and delivery of your prescription. Now is an important time to check your DEERS records.
May 6, 2020
A Lifesaving Benefit: TRICARE Ambulance Services
Most people don't want to think about costs when calling an ambulance. But you should feel reassured knowing that TRICARE covers ambulance services. Knowing your ambulance options can help you make an informed decision if you or a family member ever experiences an emergency.
April 28, 2020
Coast Guard kicks off “Campaign to Retain”
The Coast Guard is encouraging members not to separate or retire just yet.
April 23, 2020
Catastrophic Cap Credit for Some TRICARE Households
Since Jan. 1, 2018, enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Select, and the US Family Health Plan (USFHP) haven't been applied to the annual TRICARE family catastrophic cap for certain households. The Defense Health Agency is working to fix this issue. This issue only affects those TRICARE-eligible households who exceeded or came close to exceeding their catastrophic cap in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
April 16, 2020
TRICARE Copayments Waived for COVID-19 Tests On or After March 18
Did you know you can ask to have TRICARE copayments waived for certain COVID-19 testing and office visits related to the testing? This applies to tests and visits on or after March 18.
April 15, 2020
TRICARE is Here to Help: COVID-19 Information, Resources in One Place
As the nation addresses the COVID-19 public health emergency, TRICARE is adapting. Updated services and policy aims to keep you and providers safe and healthy. Learn where you can find the information you need to stay informed.
April 3, 2020
Be Informed: COVID-19 Myth vs. Fact
As the Military Health System responds to meet the health care demands of COVID-19, it's important to stay informed. TRICARE can help you separate rumors from truth. Here are a few COVID-19 myths and facts.