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New pharmacy copays in effect

Posted February 15, 2013 by

The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase copays on brand name and non-formulary medications filled outside of military hospitals and clinics. This increase is effective immediately and does not apply to generic medications. Copays vary based on the class of drug and where the prescription is filled. The new copay…

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Check what’s in your food, supplements

Posted August 23, 2013 by

While in Florida, a military member recently purchased a yogurt cup that included hemp seeds as one of its ingredients. Luckily she looked at all the ingredients before ingesting the snack. Air Force Instruction 44-121 states: “3.2.2. Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of…

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With a chill in the air, winter is around the corner

Posted December 20, 2013 by

Now that cold weather is upon us, we should prepare for the winter ahead and know a few simple safety precautions to prevent fire from striking our homes. More than 5,000 people die each year in the United States from injuries sustained in fires. Most of these deaths occur during the winter. The reasons often…

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FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted June 13, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -†It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a healthy…

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How does high blood pressure cause stroke?

Posted May 11, 2012 by by Shari Lopatin

Did you know that one in every three U.S. adults has suffered from high blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke? And, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Those facts came straight from the American Stroke Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The relationship between stroke…

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Avoid the flu with these top tips

Posted October 19, 2012 by Shari Lopatin

Did you know that nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot, don’t get the flu? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s true! And because it takes two weeks for a flu shot’s immunity to build completely, now is the best time to get vaccinated for flu season….

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Sexual assault prevention, response training

Posted April 19, 2013 by Kimberly Shirley

During the Sundance Film festival in Utah, February 2012, a documentary was shown that dealt with military victims of sexual assault and was released to the public later in June 2012. The Academy Award nominated film “The Invisible War” got the attention of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welch III…

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TRICARE issues statement about government shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013 by TRICARE Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. †-†On Oct. 1, 2013, the Defense Health Agency issued the following statement: “We know that those who rely on the Military Health System (MHS) are concerned about how the government shutdown might impact their health care. While we can’t predict the exact consequences of a shutdown on every part of our MHS,…

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Electronic cigarette use increasing among Airmen

Posted February 21, 2014 by Air Force Medical Support Agency Health Promotions

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Electronic cigarette use is becoming a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, but the upward trend is becoming a concern for Air Force health care providers. The battery-operated products, known as e-cigarettes, are designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals as a vapor that is inhaled by the user. According to…

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CHPS offers InBody Test

Posted August 15, 2014 by timchisham

Are you on a diet, looking to get in shape, or trying to maximize performance? Or maybe concerned about your weight? Edwards Civilian Health Promotion Services invites DOD civilians to experience the InBody Test. The InBody is a convenient and accurate way to measure and monitor your body composition. The InBody measures and reports the…

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