Health Matters (Overseas) Newsletter

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This quarterly newsletter provides information about your TRICARE benefit. This edition contains information specific to beneficiaries living overseas.

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Issue 1 | 2024

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  • Explore What TRICARE Covers
    Knowing what TRICARE covers can help you make the most of your benefit and avoid unexpected costs. Learn more about your medical and pharmacy coverage.
  • Headed To the Doctor? Bring Proof of Your TRICARE Coverage
    Are you preparing for a trip to the doctor’s office or the pharmacy? If so, make sure you have proof of your TRICARE coverage. Keep reading to ensure you have everything you need before your next provider appointment.
  • Learn About TRICARE Pharmacy Changes for Specialty Drugs
    Starting March 1, Accredo will provide specialty drugs and enhanced clinical services if you fill specialty prescriptions with TRICARE Home Delivery. Accredo will also stay in the TRICARE network as an in-network retail pharmacy.
  • Preventing TRICARE Fraud and Abuse Is Everyone’s Responsibility
    Health care fraud and abuse occur when a person or organization deliberately lies or misleads to gain a benefit they shouldn’t receive. You can play an important role in identifying and reporting practices that don’t seem appropriate.
  • How TRICARE Covers Ambulance Services
    In some emergencies, an ambulance could be the difference between life and death. Fortunately, your TRICARE plan covers ambulance services in these situations.
  • Maintaining Your Military Health Records Overseas
    No matter where you live, it’s important for your electronic health record to be complete and up to date. For TRICARE Prime Overseas and TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas beneficiaries, there are processes that help make this possible.

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How do I make an appointment at a military hospital or clinic?

If you’re enrolled to a military hospital or clinic, call their appointment line, or log in to MHS GENESIS to make an appointment.

If you’re not enrolled to a military hospital or clinic, you may only get care if space is available. Call the military hospital or clinic to get information on how to make an appointment.

Does TRICARE cover a second opinion?

Yes, if enrolled in one of the plans below, you must ask your primary care manager for a referral to get a second opinion.

  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Prime Overseas
  • TRICARE Prime Remote
  • TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas
  • TRICARE Young Adult-Prime
  • US Family Health Plan

For all other TRICARE plans, you may get a second opinion without a referral.

If you have TRICARE For Life coverage and live in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory, you must follow Medicare’s rules.

How To Set Up Direct Deposit for Claims Reimbursement

Did you submit a claim for care you received overseas? Direct deposit makes easy to get your reimbursement sent right to your U.S. bank account. To set up direct deposit:

  1. Log in to your TOP Beneficiary Secure Claims Portal.
  2. Click “Family View” and then click “Grant Access to My Account.”
  3. Under “Direct Deposit,” click “Sign Up.”
  4. Click “Yes” to agree to receive electronic Explanations of Benefits. This is required to set up direct deposit.
  5. Enter your contact details and bank account information and click “Save.” A confirmation email will be sent to the email address listed in your secure portal.

You’ll need to complete these steps to set up direct deposit for each of your family members. Once you’re enrolled, TRICARE will deposit your reimbursement into your U.S. bank account. Visit Claims Forms on the TRICARE Overseas website to learn more.

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Last Updated 3/14/2024