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Nov. 14, 2022

TRICARE Open Season is Here: Find the Right TRICARE Plan for You

TRICARE Open Season begins today, Nov. 14. For most TRICARE beneficiaries, this is your chance to enroll in a health plan or change health plans for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2023. You have until Tuesday, Dec. 13, to make those changes.

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.

May 6, 2022

New TRICARE Dental Program Premiums Effective May 1

Are you enrolled in the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP)? If you are, you should know that the TDP monthly premiums changed on May 1. The new premium rates are in effect for the TDP plan year, which runs from May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023.

April 15, 2022

Do You Need All 4 Parts of Medicare for TRICARE For Life?

Do you have Medicare, or will soon be eligible to enroll? Medicare has four parts: A, B, C, and D. It's important that you understand how each part differs and which parts you'll need for TRICARE For Life.

Jan. 21, 2022

Coast Guard Support Offers Online Tax Filing & Consultation

Coast Guard personnel, employees, and their dependent family members my file their federal and state taxes online for free.

Dec. 13, 2021

TRICARE Pharmacy Network Changes and TRICARE For Life

CVS Pharmacy is joining the TRICARE retail pharmacy network on Dec. 15. At the same time, Walmart, Sam's Club, and some community pharmacies are leaving the network. If you're a TRICARE For Life beneficiary, you may be wondering how these changes affect the coverage of your current drugs.

Nov. 19, 2021

Answering Your Questions About TRICARE Explanation of Benefits

Have you seen your doctor recently? If so, you should have access to an explanation of benefits (EOB). Your EOB is an itemized statement that shows the action TRICARE has taken on claims filed by you or your provider. An EOB isn't a bill.

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.

March 2, 2021

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) plan

FLTCIP 3.0 is the current Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) plan, available to new applicants. This group long term care insurance plan offers comprehensive coverage, including a stay-at-home benefit and informal care provided by friends and family*, with added premium stability.

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.

Jan. 24, 2020

Don't Forget to Update DEERS

Make sure that your records in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) are up to date with your latest life events.

Dec. 9, 2019

Defense Health Agency (DHA) Monitoring Payment Processing Error in TRICARE East Region

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) and Humana Military are working closely together to quickly assist approximately 75,000 TRICARE beneficiaries affected by a payment processing error that occurred on Thursday Dec. 5. For those affected, health care coverage remains uninterrupted.

Sept. 23, 2019

TRICARE Dental and Medical: Separate Programs, Separate Enrollments

Not sure if you have dental coverage? Did you enroll in a dental plan? Your TRICARE dental and medical benefits are separate benefits. To gain coverage, you need to enroll in a dental plan and health care plan separately.

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.

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 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.

March 22, 2019

American Forces Travel - Leisure Travel Website

Through a partnership with the DoD Services, Coast Guard Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation (MWR) is happy to announce the launch of the first and only military travel booking engine, www.americanforcestravel.com.

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 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

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Changes for Spouses of Military Personnel

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) now offers spouses of servicemembers the option of electing to use the same residence as the servicemember for purposes of taxation under certain circumstances.

Dec. 26, 2018

Need Health Advice? Talk to a Registered Nurse Anytime

Sometimes you need a quick answer to a health question, and it helps to have an expert to turn to. With the Military Health System (MHS) Nurse Advice Line, you can get advice from a registered nurse anytime, 24/7. Whether you're worried about your sick child, or need health care advice while traveling, the MHS Nurse Advice Line is only a call or click away.

Oct. 24, 2018

TRICARE and You: Coverage while traveling

This blog is the most recent in a series helping members of the Coast Guard family understand how to use their TRICARE benefits. ... (more)

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