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U.S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
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Topeka, KS 66683-3591
Sept. 20, 2019
In Case You Missed It | TRICARE West Region e-Updates September 2019
2020 TRICARE Open Season; What to do After Receiving Emergency Care; Rate Update for Premium-Based Plans; Don't Forget to Update the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS); DoD Self-Service Logon for Secure Portal Access; Back-to-School Preventive Health Care; Electronic Health Records Update; Be Prepared for a Natural Disaster; Vitamin D Deficiency; How Healthy Are You?
June 14, 2019
TRICARE Extended Care Health Option Helps Families with Special Needs
Do you have a family member with special needs? Do they need health care services beyond those covered by their current TRICARE health plan? The TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) may be right for them. ECHO provides supplemental health care coverage for active duty family members with a qualifying mental or physical disability.
TRIWEST - In Case You Missed It eNewsletter 2019
Adding a New Family Member Opens a Qualifying Life Event; Military Kids Connect Program; Coverage Now Available for Banked Donor Milk; Updating Other Health Insurance; Retiring From Active Duty Status Retro Enrollment; TRICARE Young Adult for Young Adults; Getting Care While Traveling; Re-Branded Tobacco Education Campaign; Register for Health Teleclasses; Need Help Losing Weight?
June 12, 2019
Moving Away to College May Change Your Child's TRICARE Options
Is your student heading away to college this fall? TRICARE coverage of eligible dependents extends to college students. A change of address, such as moving to a new country, city, region, or ZIP+4 code is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). If this QLE applies to your student, you have 90 days from the date of the address change to change his or her TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan.
May 29, 2019
Your Child Transitioning to Adulthood with TRICARE Young Adult
Did your child graduate from college, but hasn't yet launched a career? Not to worry, TRICARE may still be available to provide health care coverage. A change in family composition, like when your child becomes an adult, is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event. After your child turns age 21, they're no longer eligible for regular TRICARE.
May 22, 2019
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May 9, 2019
A Change of Address May Mean New TRICARE Health Options
Are you and your family moving? Moving doesn't change your TRICARE eligibility. But it may change the TRICARE health care options available to you and your family. A change of address, such as moving to a new country, city, region, or ZIP+4 code is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event.
April 30, 2019
Adding a New Family Member Stateside? Take Action to Get TRICARE Coverage for Your Child
Whether giving birth or adopting, this change in your family composition is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). The QLE allows you to enroll any new eligible family members. Or to make changes to your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan. You must take action to get TRICARE coverage for your newborn or adopted child. Register your newborn or adopted child in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, as well as choose a TRICARE health plan and enroll your child in one if necessary.
April 26, 2019
Activating Soon? Your TRICARE Options May Change
Are you a member of the National Guard or Reserve? If so, you may become eligible for active duty medical and dental benefits when called or ordered to active duty under federal orders for more than 30 days. Your family members also become eligible for active duty benefits. Activating is a change in your sponsor status. This is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event. This means you may not be able to continue your existing coverage.
March 20, 2019
Get to Know Your TRICARE Prime Plan
TRICARE Prime is similar to a health maintenance organization, or HMO plan. This means you get most of your care from an assigned or selected primary care manager (PCM). This PCM refers you to specialists for care that he or she can't provide and works with your TRICARE regional contractor for referrals and authorizations. TRICARE Prime differs from TRICARE Select, the other TRICARE enrollment health plan.
March 18, 2019
How Does Divorce Affect Your TRICARE Benefit?
Closing the chapter on a marriage can be a confusing time. If you're going through a divorce, you may be wondering about your TRICARE benefits. Divorce, annulment, or dissolution of a marriage is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). This QLE allows you and family members to make changes to your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan outside of TRICARE Open Season.
March 8, 2019
What is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event?
Every year during TRICARE Open Season, you can enroll in or change your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan. But did you know that outside of TRICARE Open Season, you can only enroll in or make changes to your TRICARE Primeor TRICARE Select plan following a Qualifying Life Event (QLE)? A QLE is a certain change in your life, such as marriage, birth of a child, change of address, or retirement from active duty.
March 1, 2019
Everything You Need to Know about Filing Medical Claims
Did you visit your doctor recently? If you visited a TRICARE network provider, in most cases, your provider will file a claim for you after the visit. In some cases, you may have to pay for health care services upfront and file your own claim to get money back. It's important to know when you need to file a claim and how to do so.
Feb. 21, 2019
Getting Married? Know Your TRICARE Health Care Options
You and your family members may experience changes in TRICARE eligibility and coverage after getting married.
Jan. 23, 2019
Learn More about Your Benefit with 2019 TRICARE Resources
It's a new year, which means it may be time to replace the old with the new. Do you have old or outdated TRICARE brochures or handbooks laying around? If so, now is a great time to check out the new 2019 TRICARE benefit resources. TRICARE publishes handbooks, newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, and more. Visit TRICARE Publications to get started.