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Jan. 21, 2023

Update to Active Duty Enlisted Retirement Beyond 30 Years

ALCOAST 014/23. This ALCOAST updates REF (A) by extending the retirement age for active duty enlisted members from 30 years to 34 years of military service.

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Jan. 4, 2023

Survivor Benefit Plan Open Season - Section 643 of Public Law 117-263

Section 643 of Public Law 117-263, December 23, 2022, Congress approved a Survivor Benefit Plan Open Season.

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Dec. 30, 2022

SBP Line of Duty Death - SBP Reversion from Child to Spouse Coverage

Congress enacted changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) in 2023, in that, Active-Duty members who died in the line of duty Optional Annuity for Dependent Children Reversion to Spouse Coverage. This is tied to DIC offset repeal.

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Dec. 30, 2022

SBP-DIC Offset Elimination News

Congress enacted changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) that, in 2023, will fully eliminate the offset (reduction) to SBP annuity payments for surviving spouses who are also receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Nov. 23, 2022

2023 Retiree and Annuitant Paydays

Retiree paydays are always on the first day of the month. If the first day of the month falls on a weekend, the pay date will move to the last business day of the payroll month.

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Nov. 23, 2022

2023 Adjustments to Retired/Retainer Pay, Survivor Annuities and Premiums

The following Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) are effective December 1, 2023, based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) through the third quarter of the calendar year 2022. The term "retired pay" includes retainer pay and the term "members" includes former members.

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Nov. 18, 2022

Payroll Processing Schedule for CY-2023 (PDF)

E-Mail ALSPO message A/22 provides the Payroll Processing Schedule for Calendar Year (CY) 2023. The link will open a PDF document.

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Nov. 17, 2022

Keeping Your DEERS Info Current

Is your information still current in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)? If you’re unsure, now is a good time to check. Whether you plan to enroll in a new health plan during TRICARE Open Season or stay in your same plan, showing up as TRICARE-eligible in DEERS is necessary.

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Nov. 16, 2022

2022 IRS Forms W-2 and 1095-C Information

2022 IRS tax forms W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) and 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) will be mailed no later than 31 Jan 2023 to the member's mailing address listed in Direct Access. Members will also be able to download their tax forms from Direct Access. Those who have opted out of receiving paper copies will not receive a paper copy in the mail.

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Nov. 7, 2022

Preview 2023 TRICARE Health Plan Costs

Depending on your TRICARE plan, you may see changes to your costs, including enrollment fees, premiums, cost-shares, and copayments next year. Check out the 2023 costs for TRICARE health plans.

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Oct. 18, 2022

Fiscal Year 2023 Reserve Enlisted High Year Tenure (R-HYT)

All Coast Guard Reserve (ALCGRSV) message 059/22 provides guidance on the Reserve-High Year Tenure program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. A FY 2023 panel will be held for eligible Reserve enlisted members in the grades of E-7 and E-8. R-HYT is suspended for all other grades through FY 2023.

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Oct. 13, 2022

Social Security Announces 8.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2023

Military retired pay will also increase by 8.7 percent in 2023.

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Oct. 6, 2022

Five Reasons to Switch to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery

Want your prescriptions delivered to your front door? TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery can help. Take a minute to see how getting your prescription drugs delivered may be right for you.

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Oct. 3, 2022

Suspension of High Year Tenure (HYT)

ALCOAST 368/22 announces the suspension of enlisted HYT for active duty members until January 1, 2025.

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Sept. 27, 2022

Seeking Mental Health Services? Learn What TRICARE Covers

If left untreated, mental health challenges could affect your physical health. TRICARE covers a variety of mental health services to help you get care so you can stay balanced, in both mind and body.

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Sept. 27, 2022

ALCOAST 360/22, E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Implementation Update Four

This ALCOAST provides guidance for ETS use in preparation for FY23 and required actions for users and approvers.

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Sept. 23, 2022

Commandant Hosts 40th Annual CG National Retiree Council Meeting

This year’s meeting was held in a hybrid format. During the meeting, the CGNRC discussed ways to support efforts to transition active duty members of the Coast Guard into civilian life and to “better connect active duty members and retirees,” according to Bob Hinds, Retiree Services Program manager.

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Sept. 21, 2022

How Divorce Impacts Your TRICARE Benefits

Thinking about your TRICARE benefits may be the last thought on your mind during a divorce, but it's something you must consider. It’s important you understand how your TRICARE coverage may change for you, your children, and your ex-spouse.

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Sept. 19, 2022

Procedures for the Recall to Active Duty of Retired Reservists

Reservists may be recalled, at their consent, for voluntary orders such as Active Duty for Operational Support and Extended Active Duty. This policy also includes the recall of retired reservists.

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Sept. 9, 2022

2022 Coast Guard National Retiree Council (CGNRC) Annual Meeting Presentations

The CGNRC meets annually to prepare and submit an annual report to the Commandant through his executive agent.

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Aug. 30, 2022

Make Sure You Understand Recent TRICARE Telehealth Policy Changes

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) made several temporary updates to the TRICARE benefit regarding telehealth. The DHA recently updated these telehealth policies.

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Aug. 26, 2022

TRICARE Helps You Stay On Top of Preventive Health Care

Preventive health checkups can help prevent health problems before they start. They can also help in the detection of conditions that you may be at risk for. TRICARE covers many types of preventive health care exams and screenings.

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Aug. 10, 2022

Retiring From National Guard or Reserve? Know Your TRICARE Options

Are you thinking about retiring from the National Guard or Reserve? Since your TRICARE health plan options change as you age, it's important to understand the plans you and your family members may be eligible for at each stage of your retirement years.

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July 28, 2022

Have TRICARE For Life Costs Questions? Find Answers Here

A good understanding of how Medicare and TRICARE For Life (TFL) work together is important. Here are Q&As to help you better understand the costs associated with TFL. Read the article to learn more

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July 8, 2022

Retirees Now Have More Time to Transition Into Their Forever Home

A major change in Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) for household goods (HHG) transportation was announced on June 24. Previously, members had a year following retirement to coordinate their HHG transportation. Now, members have three years to schedule their HHG after retirement.

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