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U.S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
444 S. E. Quincy St.
Topeka, KS 66683-3591
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.
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
Richard Hartley, USCG Retired, FedPoint | Defense Agencies Account Manger, April 19, 2021 —
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.
March 16, 2021
Explore Your Provider Options with TRICARE Overseas Program
Are you looking for a doctor overseas? If so, the TRICARE Overseas Program can help you find one. Depending on your sponsor's status and where you live overseas, you may only be able to get care at a military hospital or clinic if space is available. But the good news is that you do have a wide range of civilian providers you can see for care.
March 3, 2021
Find Answers to Your TRICARE Cost Questions
Have you ever received a medical bill that was higher or lower than you expected it to be? If so, you aren't alone. Health care cost language can often be confusing, and it may not always be clear how much you need to pay for a particular health service. The good news is that familiarizing yourself with cost terms and how your TRICARE plan works, can help you get the most out of your coverage and avoid surprises.
To learn more, read the article.
March 2, 2021
Yeoman in the spotlight: Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Stumpf
Congratulations to Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Stumpf winner of the 2020 Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Awards for Excellence, Enlisted Personnel E-6 and below category. Petty Officer Stumpf, a yeoman, at the Pay & Personnel Center, in Topeka, KS, streamlined the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) process, creating a database and automating the associated Audit Error Worksheets, seamlessly integrating data from Veterans Affairs and Direct Access. These efficiencies improved processing times by 67%, facilitated clearing a year-long backlog, saved more than 10,000 work hours, and made it possible to complete over 4,400 cases totaling over $35.5M.
Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)-VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Off-Set Phase Out
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 changed the way that Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity payments are reduced (off-set) by the receipt of VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
Feb. 24, 2021
Check Out: Coast Guard Retirees Now Can Pay TRICARE Enrollment Fees by Allotment
Group A retirees now pay enrollment fees to maintain their TRICARE Select or TRICARE Overseas Program Select coverage. If you're a U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) retiree, you can now pay your enrollment fees by allotment. This will allow you to have your enrollment fees deducted automatically from your military retirement pay.