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8/31/2016 Primary Care Manager Referral Waivers for Turkey Beneficiaries In April 2016, the Director of the Defense Health Agency, Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, approved a waiver of the primary...
8/12/2016 Immunizations Offer Protection for All Stages of Life August is Immunization Awareness Month and is a great time to find out which vaccines you and your need to...
8/8/2016 Webinar to Discuss Health Care Options When TRICARE Eligibility Ends TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to discuss health care options available to TRICARE beneficiaries once they are...
8/2/2016 It’s World Breastfeeding Week Did you know the first week in August is known as World Breastfeeding Week? Take some time this week to...
7/25/2016 TRICARE Asked & Answered Webinar TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to bring you the answers to your questions. Join us on Wednesday,...
7/22/2016 Webinar to Discuss TRICARE Dental Options TRICARE is hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about TRICARE Dental Options. The webinar will take place on Wednesday,...
6/7/2016 Summer Time is Disaster Prep Time Summer rays and cool breezes can quickly turn into unexpected lightning and blinding rains. TRICARE makes it easy to get...
6/6/2016 Webinar to Discuss TRICARE’s New Urgent Care Pilot Program Join TRICARE on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Noon EST to learn about the new Urgent Care Pilot Program. This...
5/25/2016 New TRICARE Coverage of Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder TRICARE recently announced coverage of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a treatment for major depressive disorder. TMS is used when...
5/23/2016 Moving? Transfer Your Prime Enrollment with Just a Phone Call Frequent moves can be frustrating for active duty families. TRICARE gives you one less thing to worry about with Moving...
5/20/2016 Join TRICARE in Supporting Mental Wellness During Mental Health Awareness Month Mental health care is an important yearlong priority for the Military Health System (MHS). However during May, TRICARE and the...
5/12/2016 What You Should Know about Your Blood Pressure Each May, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) encourages everyone to actively learn about preventing and controlling high...
5/4/2016 During Nurses Week, Nurse Advice Line emphasizes value to moms in the military National Nurses Week runs May 6-12 and includes the Mother’s Day holiday. During this time, the Military Health System recognizes...
5/3/2016 Plan for Proper Care this Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month May is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers. This month, educate yourself and your loved ones about proper care...
4/15/2016 TRICARE Improves Mental Health Care and Treatment People in distress may hesitate to reach out for help due to perceived stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment....
4/13/2016 Webinar to Provide Information about Infants & Immunizations TRICARE is hosting a webinar to talk about infants and immunizations on Monday, April 18, 2016 at noon EST. You don’t...
4/12/2016 New Urgent Care Pilot Program for Prime Beneficiaries To increase access to care, the Department of Defense is launching an Urgent Care Pilot Program for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries....
4/11/2016 New Parent? Call TRICARE’S Nurse Advice Line for Medical Advice New parents have a hard job. And after sleepless nights, new emotions and just trying to figure out the whole...
4/4/2016 TRICARE’S Nurse Advice Line: the Right Choice for Active Adults Do you know that more than half of all adults 65 and older have three or more chronic medical problems,...
4/1/2016 TRICARE Waives Referral Requirement for Family Members Evacuated from Turkey The Department of Defense is evacuating about 700 family members of active duty service members from southern Turkey, due to security...
3/29/2016 College Students: Call TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line for Your Medical Matters You’re away at school and it’s crunch time. Sadly, you have a temperature, a sore throat, a paper deadline and...
3/23/2016 TRICARE Offers Relief for Spring Allergies The weather is finally warming and we can spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately for some, warm weather brings suffering from...
3/15/2016 Got A Question About Your Benefit? Tomorrow, March 16, at Noon EST, TRICARE is hosting a 60 minute "Ask Us Anything" webinar featuring a platform of...
3/8/2016 Webinar to Discuss Using TRICARE and Other Health Insurance If you have any health insurance other than TRICARE, it is called "other health insurance." TRICARE and Military OneSource are...
3/4/2016 Don’t Snooze on Getting Enough Sleep Beginning March 6th, the National Sleep Foundation will celebrate Sleep Awareness Week, its annual event to raise awareness regarding the...
2/23/2016 Cholesterol and Your Heart’s Health Cholesterol plays an important role in the health of your heart. A build-up of cholesterol and other deposits can block...
2/16/2016 Fight Sugar, Brighten Smiles for Children’s Dental Health February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. TRICARE offers two different plans to ensure your child can get the dental...
2/3/2016 Webinar to Discuss TRICARE For Life NOTE: Capacity for the TRICARE For Life webinar scheduled for Feb. 10 has been reached. Please register for the encore...
2/2/2016 TRICARE Pharmacy Changes Effective Now Several changes to the TRICARE pharmacy benefit take effect on Feb. 1. First, copays for drugs filled at retail pharmacies...
1/29/2016 It’s Time to Have Your Eyes Checked If you can’t remember the last time you had an eye exam, and it’s been longer than a year, you...
1/21/2016 TRICARE OTC Coverage Changes Feb. 1 TRICARE’s over-the-counter (OTC) drug coverage is here to stay. Formerly a demonstration program, the OTC benefit becomes a permanent part...
1/20/2016 Webinar to Discuss TRICARE’s Preventive Care Benefit Due to potential complications from Winter Storm Jonas, the webinar scheduled for Monday, January 25, is cancelled. Please stay tuned...
1/13/2016 Don’t Know Where to Turn For a Sick Child? Call TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line It’s late at night and your child has a fever or ache. Deciding what kind of care they need can...
1/8/2016 The Nurse Advice Line: Providing Safe, High Quality Health Advice and Assessments The Nurse Advice Line (NAL) is a great evaluation tool for those seeking care or who have medical questions. The...
12/30/2015 TRICARE Pharmacy Copays Change February 1, 2016 Military pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery will remain the lowest cost pharmacy option for TRICARE beneficiaries when some TRICARE...
12/29/2015 TRICARE Cataract Coverage Explained Cataract removal is one of the most common operations performed in the United States. According to the National Eye Institute,...
12/4/2015 TRICARE Benefit Expands to Cover New Hip Surgery The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act created a provisional coverage program that allows TRICARE to provide coverage for emerging treatments...
12/1/2015 Time has come for TRICARE Beneficiaries to Move their Maintenance Drugs out of Retail This December, TRICARE beneficiaries can take action to avoid paying more for some prescription drugs. If you fill a prescription...
11/27/2015 TRICARE Webinar to Discuss TYA, Open Enrollment and Health Care Options TRICARE and Military One-Source are co-hosting a webinar to discuss TRICARE Young Adult, Open Enrollment and Other Health Insurance. Join...
11/13/2015 It’s Time to Get Serious About Diabetes Education World Diabetes Day is acknowledged annually on November 14. It is an international campaign launched to respond to the continued...
11/9/2015 TRICARE Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Service Members TRICARE is hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about benefits available to National Guard and Reserve service members. The...
11/6/2015 What TRICARE Beneficiaries Need to Know About Open Enrollment and the Health Insurance Marketplace It’s time for open enrollment; the time of year when people can enroll in or change their health insurance plan....
11/5/2015 November is Warrior Care Month TRICARE is a health care program for Uniformed Service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, survivors and their families...
10/28/2015 TRICARE Young Adult premiums to increase Jan. 1, 2016 Premiums for the Military Health System’s benefit plan for adult children between 21 and 26 years old have been announced....
10/28/2015 TRICARE Surpasses Two Million Flu Vaccines Given Through Retail Pharmacies When the weather starts to cool, it means that flu season is here again. TRICARE makes it easy to get...
10/27/2015 Webinar to Discuss Suicide Prevention TRICARE is hosting a webinar to continue the conversation about suicide prevention on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at noon EST....
10/26/2015 Eye Health and Safety October is Home Eye Safety Month. You may think your chances of being hurt decrease because you’re at home, but...
10/22/2015 Specialty Care Referrals Many TRICARE Prime beneficiaries receive their primary care from providers in military hospitals and clinics. Others may be enrolled to...
10/15/2015 Dental Hygiene: It’s More than Just Clean Teeth The Mayo Clinic reports that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health. This November, National Dental Hygiene...
10/7/2015 Exceptional Care for Exceptional Family Members Family members with special needs require special considerations. When you move, you worry if there will be adequate care and...
10/2/2015 New Autism Care Demonstration Updates In an effort to continually improve the benefit, the Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) was recently updated to reduce the...
10/1/2015 TRICARE Benefit Changes October 1 As of October 1, 2015, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty service members, to get select...
9/30/2015 Losing TRICARE Eligibility? Don’t Lose Your Health Care Coverage You can lose your TRICARE eligibility for a number of reasons. TRICARE offers several resources to make sure you and...
9/21/2015 Prostate Cancer: Be Informed and Get Care Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men. Most prostate cancers grow slowly but once the cancer is...
9/15/2015 Get Answers! Don’t Be Confused about Cholesterol September is National Cholesterol Education Month.  Learning about cholesterol, and how to maintain healthy levels, is essential. A build-up of...
9/10/2015 New School Year, New Flu Year Children have returned to school and as they settle in to new classes and new routines, parents brace themselves for...
9/1/2015 Changes Coming to TRICARE Pharmacy Benefit Starting October 1, 2015, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty service members, to get select brand...
8/31/2015 Webinar to Give Overview of Childhood and Adolescent Immunizations TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to give an overview of childhood and adolescent immunizations on Wednesday, September...
8/24/2015 Go Back to School with TRICARE It’s August and many families have begun their back to school preparations. For younger children and adolescents, this means getting...
8/20/2015 Watch for Signs of Vision Trouble in Children August is widely known as Child Eye Health & Safety Month. As we move from summer fun to focusing on...
8/11/2015 Webinar to Discuss Health Care Options When TRICARE Eligibility Ends TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to discuss health care options available to TRICARE beneficiaries once they are...
8/4/2015 What You Should Know About Durable Medical Equipment Durable Medical Equipment (DME) is any equipment for beneficiary use that helps them live a better quality of life. DME,...
8/3/2015 TRICARE to Give Overview of Mental Health Benefits and Autism Care Demonstration Update TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about their mental health benefit. After the overview...
7/20/2015 Stateside Travel: On the Go with TRICARE Whether you travel for business or pleasure, it’s important to know that TRICARE is portable and travels with you wherever...
7/1/2015 UPDATE: TRICARE Breast Pump Policy Town Hall Many TRICARE beneficiaries were understandably excited when the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) expanded TRICARE coverage of breast pumps,...
6/24/2015 What You Should Know this PTSD Awareness Day To bring greater awareness to the issue of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the United States Senate designated June 27 as...
6/23/2015 TRICARE Benefit Spotlight: You asked. TRICARE Answered. Breast Feeding Provision Town Hall Recap Many TRICARE beneficiaries were understandably excited when the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) expanded TRICARE coverage of breast pumps,...
6/9/2015 Webinar to Discuss TRICARE Pharmacy Options TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about their options for getting prescription medications. The...
6/8/2015 TRICARE’s Breast Pump Policy Updates Effective July 1 TRICARE’s Breast Pump policy was recently updated to include coverage of breast pumps and supplies and breastfeeding counseling. These supplies...
5/29/2015 PCS Season: TRICARE While Traveling TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about accessing their health benefit as they travel...
5/28/2015 Help Eliminate Tobacco Use on World No Tobacco Day Join TRICARE and the World Health Organization (WHO) Sunday, May 31 for World No Tobacco Day! Created in 1987 by...
5/21/2015 Identify the Signs: Hearing Loss in Children and Adults Hearing loss is a major public health issue and the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease....
5/20/2015 Treatment is Available for Speech & Language Disorders Speech and language disorders can occur at any age. Whether dealing with children or adults, it’s important to understand that...
5/19/2015 Prior Authorization: A Medical Best Practice A prior authorization (or preauthorization) is an approval for a prescribed procedure, health care service or medication before you receive...
5/18/2015 Allergy Season Is Here: TRICARE Can Offer Relief In the spring, many people are happy to spend time outside after being inside for the winter. Temperatures are warmer,...
5/13/2015 Moving Made Easy Webinar: For Active Duty Service Members and their Families TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate active duty families about Moving Made Easy, an easy solution...
5/11/2015 Mental Wellness in Children Transitioning from the Month of the Military Child into a month that emphasizes mental health awareness is a great time...
5/4/2015 Freedom Smoking Quit Line Research Study Offers TRICARE Beneficiaries a Chance to Quit Are you ready to take the first step in freeing yourself from cigarettes? If you are a TRICARE beneficiary that...
5/4/2015 Treatment is Available for Speech & Language Disorders Speech and language disorders can occur at any age. Whether dealing with children or adults, it’s important to understand that...
4/17/2015 TRICARE Program Spotlight: The TRICARE Overseas Program Point of Contact Program Military families are used to picking up and moving at a moment’s notice. Service members and their families often move...
4/7/2015 Military Children: Two Steps to Keep Them Covered New baby coming or just arrived? There’s so much to remember! In order to keep up with your baby’s growth...
3/31/2015 TRICARE’s Beneficiary Web Enrollment Portal Just Got Easier to Use Eligible TRICARE beneficiaries currently can use BWE to update their personal information and manage enrollments in TRICARE plans including USFHP,...
3/26/2015 Easy Access to TRICARE’s “First Eight” Mental Health Appointments Do you know? Counseling, psychotherapy, and family therapy are covered benefits under TRICARE. It’s no secret—the first eight appointments with a TRICARE...
3/25/2015 Learn about Brain Injuries this Month The Military Health System continues to emphasize Brain Injury Awareness this month. Learning about brain injury can not only help...
3/20/2015 Is Your Workplace Putting Your Vision in Jeopardy? Nearly 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room each year due to workplace eye injury. This month, the American Academy of...
3/19/2015 Protect Your Private Information TRICARE wants to remind you that it will never call beneficiaries and ask you for your personal information, and if...
3/17/2015 Spring Forward but Stay Rested Webinar This article has been updated to reflect the correct time of the webinar – March 23, 2pm EST. It’s been a...
3/12/2015 Raise Global Awareness about Endometriosis for Endometriosis Awareness Month Get informed about endometriosis! Find out if you are one of the millions of women living with it. Endometriosis affects...
3/11/2015 Make the Decision to Quit Tobacco for National Kick Butts Day Make the commitment to quit tobacco on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 for Kick Butts Day. Kick Butts Day is a...
3/10/2015 Webinar to Discuss Using TRICARE and Other Health Insurance If you have any health insurance other than TRICARE, it is called "other health insurance." TRICARE and Military OneSource are...
3/9/2015 From Your Heart to Your Stomach: Get Healthy with TRICARE and OLW Moving from Heart Health Month into Nutrition Awareness Month is an excellent time to talk about how the foods we...
2/18/2015 Air Evacs Are Covered When Medically Necessary and Only to the Nearest, Safest Place Following retirement from active service, many retirees and retiree family members decide to travel or live overseas.  If they do,...
2/13/2015 TRICARE Beneficiaries: Are You Ready to Ditch the Snuff for Better Stuff? Say “Cheese!” It’s picture time and you are getting ready to smile for the camera; but wait.  What happens when...
2/3/2015 Webinar to Explain TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about tax reporting and the Patient Protection and...
2/2/2015 Small Increase to TRICARE Pharmacy Copays Begins February 1, 2015 New copayments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE will go into effect February 1, 2015. The Fiscal Year 2015 National...
1/23/2015 Webinar to Outline TRICARE’s Preventive Care Benefit TRICARE and Military OneSource will host a webinar to discuss TRICARE’s Preventive Care Benefit on Friday, January 30, 2015, noon...
1/22/2015 TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, TRICARE beneficiaries may have questions about...
1/20/2015 Health Care Coverage and the ACA: Just Check the Box You’ve seen the commercials on TV and heard the serious voice on the radio telling you how difficult this tax...
1/12/2015 Certificates of Creditable Coverage No Longer Needed for Beneficiaries Losing TRICARE Coverage TRICARE will no longer send beneficiaries certificates of creditable coverage when they lose TRICARE eligibility. These certificates are no longer...
1/2/2015 Raise Cervical Cancer Awareness this January According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death by cancer...
12/11/2014 Family Planning and the TRICARE Benefit There are many options for managing your reproductive health. TRICARE covers several birth control options, but only when prescribed by...
12/9/2014 Quit Smoking and Breathe Easier Imagine fighting to breathe every moment of the day, whether you’re sitting, standing or lying down. That’s what it’s like...
11/24/2014 Understanding TRICARE’s Autism Care Demonstration TRICARE's Autism Care Demonstration webinar has been rescheduled for Dec. 19, 2014. The decision to postpone was made unanimously by...
11/12/2014 TRICARE Plan Spotlight: The US Family Health Plan TRICARE offers several different health plans to its 9.5 million beneficiaries. Although many are familiar with the most popular Standard...
11/10/2014 Quit Tobacco with TRICARE TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about the resources available to them to quit...
11/3/2014 TRICARE Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Service Members TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about benefits available to National Guard and Reserve...
10/22/2014 Military Health System Provides Easy Access to Behavioral Health Care for School-Age Children and Youth Children and teens face normal anxieties because of their growth, development and social needs. For military families, there is the...
10/21/2014 Webinar to Discuss TRICARE Dental Options TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about TRICARE Dental Options. The webinar will take...
10/10/2014 TRICARE Meets Affordable Care Act Requirements Almost all TRICARE plan options meet Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements for minimum essential coverage (MEC). However, people who are...
10/8/2014 Don’t Forget to Update DEERS The lives of service members and their families are full of transitions. Whether it’s permanent change of station moves, retiring,...
10/7/2014 Transition from TRICARE to Your New Health Plan with the Continued Health Care Benefit Program As you transition from the military, you must continue to have health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. You may...
10/6/2014 TRICARE Options for Family Members of National Guard and Reserve Members As the family member of a National Guard or Reserve member, your TRICARE options may change throughout the course of...
10/2/2014 TRICARE Seeks to Improve Health Care for Service Members Overseas The Defense Health Agency recently issued a Request for Proposals for a new health care support services contract supporting TRICARE...
10/1/2014 TRICARE Beneficiaries Will No Longer Receive Mailed Letters for Benefit Updates TRICARE beneficiaries need to watch their email and ensure they have a milConnect account to receive information about changes to...
9/30/2014 Webinar to Outline TRICARE’s Pharmacy Benefit TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about their pharmacy options. The webinar will take...
9/29/2014 St. Croix Hospital Retains Certification Update: Effective October 9, 2014, the Governor Juan Luis Hospital in St. Croix has been granted an extension to its...
9/18/2014 TRICARE Urges Beneficiaries to Prepare for Flu Season Fever? Check. Muscle aches? Check. Chills?  It’s almost flu and cold season beneficiaries, and in order to make sure these flu...
9/17/2014 Leaving Active Duty? Don’t Forget to Meet MEC Transitioning from active duty status may leave some beneficiaries with questions about their health care. Military families are offered several...
9/15/2014 Webinar to Discuss TRICARE For Life Due to the overwhelming response, TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting an additional TRICARE For Life webinar. This webinar will...
9/11/2014 It’s National Preparedness Month: Are You Ready? The lights are out and the wind is howling. Rain is pelting the windows and when you look around, all...
9/3/2014 Webinar to Discuss TRICARE For Life Capacity for the TRICARE For Life webinar on Sept.11, 2014 has been reached. Please register for an encore presentation of...
4/18/2014 Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet: April 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day TRICARE beneficiaries have a safe and easy way to dispose of expired prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA's) National Prescription...

Last Updated 1/28/2013