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UnitedHealthcare, TRICARE expediting referrals

Posted May 24, 2013 by

UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans began serving the TRICARE West Region April 1, 2013. Since then, some beneficiaries and providers have experienced service problems relating to an increase in the volume and delays in processing referral and care authorizations. UnitedHealthcare apologizes for any delay in services that TRICARE beneficiaries and providers are experiencing as a result…

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OSHA changes: Material Safety Data Sheets going away

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Safety data sheets are coming! Coming to replace Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and improve unit understanding of the hazards associated with chemicals in the workplace. If you currently work in a workplace that uses hazardous chemicals governed by a Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) Program, there are changes to the standard you need to be aware of. In March…

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TRICARE recognizes Month of the Military Child

Posted April 11, 2014 by

Each April, the military community pauses to focus on its youngest members, those who don’t deploy or travel to war, but are affected by those events just the same–the military child. Military children are unique in that they face frequent moves and parental deployments, in addition to the typical childhood stressors of learning, maturing and…

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‘Big Shaker’ encourages earthquake preparedness

Posted September 26, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

The world's largest mobile earthquake simulator was shaking things up in the Base Exchange parking lot Sept. 23.

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It’s time to expose an invisible killer

Posted March 20, 2012 by Staff

Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. The Edwards Air Force Base Fire Department and U. S. Fire Administration would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from deadly carbon…

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Well-baby doctor visits: Why they’re SO important

Posted August 31, 2012 by by TriWest Healthcare Alliance

You’ve missed your baby’s scheduled well-baby doctor exam; should you be concerned? Your baby isn’t sick, so it’s not that important … is it? Because babies grow so quickly, regular well-baby doctor visits help keep them happy and healthy. Your son or daughter should have six well-child doctor visits during their first 15 months of…

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Sippy cups and your child’s teeth

Posted February 15, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by Lt. Col. Inaam Pedalino Improper use of training cups can cause bottle mouth, a form of tooth decay, in young children caused by exposure to sugary liquids. As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One of the risk factors for early childhood caries (sometimes called baby bottle…

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Website teaches coping skills to military community

Posted August 16, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

U.S. Air Force graphic Screengrab of the “Moving Forward” website, designed to help service members find ways to overcome challenges, stress and depression. WASHINGTON, D.C. -†As part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department’s mental health informatics section have partnered to develop…

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TRICARE, the Affordable Care Act, and you

Posted December 20, 2013 by

Question: Do TRICARE beneficiaries meet health care requirements established by the Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care reform law? Answer: In most instances, yes. The Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain basic health care coverage called minimum essential coverage. This is the type of coverage an individual needs to have to…

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Team Edwards conducts SAPR stand-down day

Posted June 6, 2014 by Jet Fabara

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Kimberly Shirley, 412th Test Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, facilitates training for Sexual Assault Victim Advocates at the new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response center May 14. The new center can be used by any unit for on-base SAPR training. In an effort to eliminate sexual assault and take…

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