Health & Safety

May 31, 2013

Ask the Doc

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Q. I was previously informed that I could not get care on base once I turned 65.  What changed?

A. By law, Medicare becomes your primary insurer once you turn 65.  Most military treatment facilities do not have the resources to take care of seniors.  However, select bases around the country that have robust medical services are authorized to offer the TRICARE Plus program.  We are pleased to offer the program at Nellis and encourage you to take advantage of this benefit.

Q. What if I already have civilian doctors I use in Las Vegas?

A. You can continue to seek Medicare services from any doctors or hospitals you want because this program does not interfere with your current benefits. However, we will assign you a primary care manager at Nellis who will manage your healthcare needs.  Our primary care doctors will refer you to specialists at the base hospital as needed.  Our services will be available to you if you choose to use them.

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




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