T-Plus patients benefit from civilian network

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The 56th Medical Group strives to provide all beneficiaries with the absolute best care, and their health is our number one priority.

Due to continued provider manpower constraints, the 56th MDG has had to make necessary enrollment adjustments.

In order to continue to meet patient needs and expectations accessing primary care services a review was conducted by our staff to determine if our Tricare-Plus patients could be effectively managed with our access challenges.

It was determined T-Plus patients would benefit most from selecting a primary care manager in the civilian network. The MDG will continue to make appointments for T-Plus patients until July 31. After that date, T-Plus patients will be allowed to continue to use ancillary services such as laboratory, pharmacy and radiology but will no longer receive primary care from providers here.

We stand ready to assist patients with the transition from a Luke AFB PCM to a civilian PCM.

As a TRICARE for Life-eligible beneficiary, this change will result in no out-of-pocket expenses when the beneficiary selects a primary care provider that accepts Medicare. Beneficiaries are eligible for Medicare Part A, and may enroll in Medicare Part B.

To locate a Medicare participating doctor, go to www.medicare.gov or call 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

To learn more about this decision and receive information on what it means, information sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 8 and 22, and July 13 and 20 at the 56th Fighter Wing Base Theatre.

To RSVP or for more information, call Weyland Zeller at 623-856-4217 or e-mail 56MDG.TOPA2@us.af.mil.