Health & Safety

March 29, 2013

Ask the Doc

99th Medical Group

doctor
Q. I am a military retiree who recently started a new job. My new employer offers a comprehensive employer sponsored health care plan. They are familiar with TRICARE, and have offered me an additional $3,000 per year to opt out of their plan and use my TRICARE benefits, as well as pay for a TRICARE supplement to cover me and my family’s cost share. This benefit is only offered to TRICARE eligible. Is this a lawful incentive?

A. No. Section 1097c of Title 10, USC , section 707 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act, 2007, prohibits employers from offering TRICARE eligible employees, as defined in 10 U.S.C Section 1086, financial or other incentives to use TRICARE over a company’s Group Health Plan,GHP. This legislation applies to any employer, including states and local governments, with 20 or more employees and mirrors the same prohibition that currently applies to Medicare. This does not affect your eligibility for TRICARE, it only prohibits your employer from offering you an incentive to take TRICARE over the group health plan.

Send your questions to askthedoc@nellis.af.mil.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
swimming-safety

Swimming safety serious every single summer

  Airmen are reminded to take all precautionary swimming safety steps prior to jumping in the pool, lake or ocean this summer. According to the National Safety Council, preparation is important for all sporting activities,...
 
 

Pediatrics to begin school, sports physicals

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 99th Medical Operations Squadron Pediatric Clinic is offering ‘after duty hours’ school and sports physicals. These exams will be offered from 4 to 5:45 p.m., July 23, 30, and Aug. 4, 6, 13, 14, 19 and 21. Due to space limitations, patients will need to check-in at the family medicine...
 
 
tattoo

Tattoos: Good, bad, permanent

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Tattoos are becoming more commonplace in today’s society and therefore in the Air Force, which makes it important for Airmen to know wha...
 

 
doctor

Ask the Doc

Q.“I am a TRICARE Reserve Select member. Will my newborn baby be covered under TRICARE Reserve Select?“ A. Your newborn baby will be covered only if you register your baby in Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reportin...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

Hope for best, prepare for worst

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis Death and tragedy can be an unexpected consequence of everyday life. It is important to be prepared for the unexpected by taking every precaution, such as creating a will. ...
 
 

Be aware, be prepared

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis Airmen are reminded to wear the proper protection while operating a bicycle in order to reduce the risk of injury during an unexpected incident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 726 pedalcyclists were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin