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2013 TRICARE Prime enrollment fees announced

Posted July 27, 2012 by by TRICARE Media Center

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The fiscal year 2013 TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for uniformed service retirees and their families go into effect Oct. 1, 2012. The Prime enrollment fees for 2013 are $269.28 for retirees, and $538.56 for retirees and their family members. Survivors of active duty deceased sponsors, uniformed services medically retired service members…

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There is no such thing as earthquake season

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

The United States Gological Survey website reported Rancho Cucamonga received a 3.2 magnitude earthquake, July 19. Since we cannot predict the time, place and magnitude of an earthquake, we must remain cognizant of the reality that this could be the prelude to a much bigger event. When preparing for an earthquake, education is paramount because…

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Obstructive sleep apnea steals a good night’s slumber

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Kristin Shives

Do you hit the snooze button when the alarm sounds in the morning? Are you dozing off during morning meetings at work? Has yawning excessively throughout the day become more common? If so, these could be symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition millions of American adults have, according to the National Institutes of…

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TRICARE offers a plethora of pharmacy choices

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Kristin Shives

TRICARE beneficiaries have plenty of pharmacy options, including military pharmacies, TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery and 56,000 network pharmacies. Wondering which option to choose? Military treatment facility pharmacies fill prescriptions free of charge, up to a 90-day supply for most medications. Not all medications are available at MTF pharmacies, but beneficiaries can use the TRICARE formulary…

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Protect your smile with athletic mouthguards during play

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Col. Jeff Chaffin, D.D.S.

If you or your child participates in sports or other recreational activities, you know the importance of protective gear. Wearing protective gear is essential for safe play and shielding fragile body parts from severe damage and injuries. One good way to protect your teeth is by wearing an athletic mouthguard during any activity that could…

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Running clinic drills participants

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Staff Sgt. Megan Crusher

March FITT exposed Team March members to techniques that will effectively improve running ability and reduce risk of injury, during the Natural Form Running Clinic, held in Hangar 452, June 23 ...

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TRICARE Unchanged by Health Care Ruling, Officials Say

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “has absolutely no impact on our TRICARE program,” a Defense Department spokesperson said, June 29. Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, spokesperson for personnel and readiness, explained TRICARE is governed by different statutes than civilian health care and is unaffected by the…

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Be ready: emergency management gets personal

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Capt. John T. Stamm

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.  — In the Air Force, we are used to participating in safety drills designed to teach us emergency survival skills and techniques. That training started in grade school with fire and tornado drills that provided a nice diversion from class work and matured to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield…

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Lottery Sweepstakes Scam

Posted July 6, 2012 by TRICARE program integrity office

TRICARE Program Integrity has become aware of a Lottery Sweepstakes Scam in which fraudulent checks bearing the TRICARE name are being utilized. Individuals are contacted via mail with a letter informing them that they are “winners” of a USA Lottery Sweepstakes for $250,000. Accompanying the letter is a fraudulent check bearing the TRICARE name. The…

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Positive attitude means mission success

Posted June 29, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

The U.S. Air Force mission operates at the “Tip of the Spear,” with cutting-edge innovative technologies and scientific advancements. The men and women charged with carrying out this mission are expected to be highly skilled and maintain even higher levels of competence. Most skills are learned in a classroom environment; however, some are learned and…

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