Health & Safety

TRICARE changes to Nexium coverage

Posted May 8, 2017 by

Starting June 28, 2017, the drug Nexium will no longer be a TRICARE preferred, or formulary, drug. This means it will no longer be available in military pharmacies, and you will pay more if you get it through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a retail network pharmacy. Nexium is a brand name prescription drug often…

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TRICARE benefit changes

Posted October 9, 2015 by

As of Oct. 1, 2015, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty service members, to get select brand name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost. Maintenance drugs are…

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S.P.E.E.D. up to P.A.S.S.

Posted March 25, 2016 by Drew R. Jeffries Edwards

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard Have you considered speeding up to pass? Many times on the highways and byways to and from Edwards we find ourselves engaging on this impulsive action. However, in this case, when we say speed up to pass, we are referring to your protection and safety in the…

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Take Command: Changes to TRICARE disenrollment coming in 2018

Posted October 30, 2017 by

As part of the changes coming to TRICARE on Jan. 1, 2018, there will be new rules affecting disenrollment. Beginning in 2018, if you’re eligible for TRICARE and enrolled in a health plan, there are three ways you can be disenrolled: * If you no longer wish to continue TRICARE coverage, you can voluntarily disenroll. * If…

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It’s time to review your federal health benefits

Posted November 13, 2015 by John O'Brien

Federal benefits open season is here. Each year we encourage all employees and retirees to review their benefits and make sure that they have plans that work best for them and their families.

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The science behind why you should stop chugging so many energy drinks

Posted December 30, 2016 by Yolanda R. Arrington

We've all seen them before: the cans, small shots and uniquely packaged drinks that promise to give you an energy boost during the most important parts of your day.

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Explaining TRICARE annual cost increases

Posted May 25, 2018 by

Population growth, aging, and price increases for medical goods and services drive many health care costs in the U.S. In any given year, these price increases are related to rising drug costs, using new medical technology, increasing provider rates or other factors. In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which tracks health care costs…

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Winter weather season is upon us

Posted January 29, 2016 by Gary Davis

Edwards Air Force Base is located on a desert plateau, at an average of 2,400 feet above sea level bounded on three sides by mountain chains. These chains have a significant effect on local weather. During the winter season, Edwards can still expect its fair share of winter weather. For most of the winter season,…

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What 412th Medical Group wants you to know about Valley Fever

Posted May 26, 2017 by

The 412th Medical Group at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., has reported four cases of Valley Fever in the last 12 months. Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) is a fungal illness that usually affects the lungs. It is spread through spores in the air when the dirt is disturbed. People can get Valley Fever if they breathe…

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Batteries, ashes and flammable recyclables don’t mix

Posted October 9, 2015 by Steven Madoski

An Edwards recycling truck driver recently discovered his vehicle on fire after picking up recyclables from the military family housing areas early last month. There were no injuries to personnel and no property damage occurred to the truck, landfill facilities or any other equipment, other than the blistering of paint on the trash truck. The…

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