Health Matters (West) Newsletter
This quarterly newsletter provides information about your TRICARE benefit. This stateside edition contains information specific to beneficiaries living in the West RegionAlaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa (excludes Rock Island arsenal area), Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri (except St. Louis area), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (southwestern corner including El Paso), Utah, Washington and Wyoming.. Check the map to find your region.
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Issue 4 | 2022
- Preview 2023 TRICARE Health Plan Costs
Have you reviewed your plan’s costs for next year? Depending on your TRICARE health plan, you may see changes to your costs, including enrollment fees, premiums, cost-shares, and copayments.
- What You Should Know About RSV: Symptoms, Prevention, Care
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious. Know the symptoms to look for and help protect yourself and your loved ones from RSV infection.
- TRICARE Open Season is Here: Find Right TRICARE Plan for You
TRICARE Open Season began Nov. 14. For most TRICARE beneficiaries, it’s your chance to enroll in a health plan or change health plans. You have until Dec. 13 to make changes for next year.
- Get Protected With New COVID-19 Booster and Flu Vaccine
Did you know the flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time? If you’re due for your annual flu vaccine and the COVID-19 booster, don’t delay. Skipping the vaccines can put you or your loved ones at higher risk for infection.
- TRICARE Offers Contraceptive Care to Support You, Your Family, and Your Readiness
Recent changes to TRICARE policies help make sure you’ll have easy, convenient, and timely access to contraceptive services. Learn about TRICARE’s coverage of contraceptive care and services.
- Five Reasons to Switch to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery
With TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery, you can get your prescriptions delivered right to your front door. What makes it such a good option? Learn why you should consider switching to home delivery.
- Control Your Diabetes by Controlling Your Blood Sugar
A key step to controlling diabetes is controlling your blood sugar levels. To help you manage your blood sugar, here are a few things you need to do.
- Learn the Basics About Referrals and Pre-Authorizations
“Referral” and “pre-authorization” are two common health care terms. What is the difference between the two? Here are a few important things to remember about the two terms.
Does TRICARE have a 24/7 nurse advice line?
Yes. It’s called the Military Health System (MHS) Nurse Advice Line. This advice line puts you in contact with a team of live, registered nurses who can answer health care questions and provide help with decisions regarding self-care at home or when it’s best to see a health care provider. You can reach a nurse anytime by phone, web chat, and video chat.
To access the MHS Nurse Advice Line in the U.S., Guam, or Puerto Rico, call 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1, or visit MHSNurseAdviceLine.com.
What is the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System(DEERS) A database of information on uniformed services members (sponsors), U.S.-sponsored foreign military, DoD and uniformed services civilians, other personnel as directed by the DoD, and their family members. You need to register in DEERS to get TRICARE. (DEERS)?
DEERS is a database of active duty and retired service members. It also includes family members and others who are eligible for TRICARE benefits. TRICARE eligibility and health plan enrollment is maintained in DEERS. If your DEERS information is incorrect, it could prevent you from being able to use your TRICARE benefits properly. If it’s been a while, take time now to log in to DEERS and review your information. Check out DEERS to learn more.
Does TRICARE cover urgent care?
Yes. But different health plan options have different rules for getting urgent care. These rules depend on your status. Active duty family members in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select don’t need a referral for urgent care. When possible, you should go to a TRICARE network provider or a TRICARE-authorized urgent care center to avoid higher out-of-pocket costs. Active duty service members (ADSMs) in TRICARE Prime should seek urgent care at a military hospital or clinic, when available. To seek civilian urgent care, ADSMs need a referral unless the ADSM is in TRICARE Prime Remote. Go to Urgent Care to learn more.
|Want to learn if TRICARE covers a certain area? There's a helpful tool that allows you to search covered services by keyword or browse common categories. You can also see items excluded (not covered) on the Exclusions page.|
|Do you live in the area surrounding Buckley Space Force Base in Colorado? On Jan. 1, 2021, Health Net Federal Services, LLC (HNFS) launched the Buckley Prime Service Area Pilot to study ways to improve access to care, beneficiary and provider satisfaction, and quality of care. This pilot will end Dec. 31, 2022. You don't have to do anything now that the pilot is ending. Visit HNFS for details and answers to frequently asked questions.|
Last Updated 12/1/2022