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July 26, 2021

The Long Blue Line - Summer 2021

The Retiree Newsletter - The Long Blue Line, summer 2021 edition is now available at https://www.longblueline.org/

July 23, 2021

Does your Uniformed Services Identification (USID) card expire soon?

The DoD is providing extending the expiration date for some Uniformed Services Identification (USID) cards.

July 13, 2021

TRICARE and Marriage: What to Do When Getting Married

It's a big moment when you say "I do." It's also important for your family health coverage. Spouses of service members are eligible for TRICARE coverage. And getting married is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). So, what does this mean and what steps do you need to take?

June 21, 2021

Retiring from Active Duty? You Need This TRICARE Brochure

When you retire from active duty, you experience a major life change. Some parts of your TRICARE coverage will also change. Wouldn't it be helpful if you had a resource you could download? Check out the TRICARE Retiring from Active Duty Brochure for information you need to know.

June 17, 2021

New: Extensions for expiring CAC and USID cards

Does your card expire soon? Here's what you need to know.

June 7, 2021

TRICARE Health Coverage Options for Young Adults

Is your child graduating from college this year? Or, are they a recent graduate? This is typically a time of transitions, whether to a new job, home, or city. It's also a time for many new graduates to transition to their own independent health care coverage. If your child is one of them, TRICARE Young Adult is one of several health care coverage options that may fit their needs.

May 27, 2021

Eligible for TRICARE For Life? What This Means for Your Family’s Coverage

Will you be turning age 65 this year? Your TRICARE For Life (TFL) coverage begins on the first day you have both Medicare Part A and Part B. Here's a look at what you need to know about TFL and what happens to your family's TRICARE coverage once you become eligible for TFL benefits.

May 26, 2021

Coast Guard adopts DoD form for retired pay accounts

CG Form 4700, Coast Guard, PHS & NOAA Retired Pay Account Worksheet and Survivor Benefit Plan Election is being phased out. Coast Guard, PHS and NOAA personnel will join their DoD counterparts and begin using DD Form 2656, Data for Payment of Retired Personnel to establish their retired pay accounts at the Pay & Personnel Center.

May 26, 2021

How to open the DD-2656 and other advanced PDF forms on a CG standard workstation.

Many people will try opening a PDF form and find that they get an error that says "Please wait." This is not a problem with the form but has to do with the set-up of your computer's browser as the default for opening Adobe Acrobat forms. Many computers use the browser's built-in PDF viewer as the default for opening Adobe forms, but the browser's viewer cannot handle the macros built into the form. The simple solution to this problem is to save the form to your computer and then open the form by starting Acrobat Reader DC (from the start menu) and use it to open the form from its saved location. This should open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC rather than your browser, allowing full functionality.

May 24, 2021

Available Now: Download Your Region's TRICARE Health Matters Newsletter Today!

Download the latest East Region or West Region newsletter at www.tricare.mil/publications.

May 18, 2021

Former Spouse – Annual Certification No Longer Required

The yearly certification that former spouses who receive division of retired pay pursuant to  the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (FSPA) have completed in the past are no longer required.  Consequently, former spouses won’t be receiving a reminder to file their yearly certification forms.

May 7, 2021

How Much Do You Know About TRICARE Qualifying Life Events?

Did you know that certain life events may change your TRICARE health plan options? They're known as Qualifying Life Events (QLEs). Now, why are QLEs important to you? QLEs are the only times you can make changes to your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select coverage outside of TRICARE Open Season. If you're ready to learn more, the TRICARE Qualifying Life Events Fact Sheet can help.

May 4, 2021

The Long Blue Line Spring 2021 - Retiree Newsletter

The Spring edition of The Long Blue Line is now available.

April 19, 2021

Long Term Care Benefits for the Uniformed Services

A long term care event can happen at any age, and the potential financial and emotional strain that comes with it can have an impact on you, your family, and your loved ones.

April 2, 2021

Enrolling and Disenrolling from TRICARE

Do you know how to enroll or disenroll from TRICARE? With a premium-based plan like TRICARE Young Adult, you can do so at any time. But with TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select plans, the rules for enrolling and disenrolling are different.