Health & Safety

May 1, 2014

Ask the Doc

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Q.“My child just turned 18 and has recently graduated from high school. Will my child still be eligible for TRICARE benefits?”

A.Yes. Your child is eligible for TRICARE benefits until they turn 21 or 23 if they are enrolled full-time at an institution of higher learning that is approved by the Secretary of Defense, Department of Education, or state agency and shows they are a dependent of the sponsor for more than 50 percent of their financial support. The sponsor or your child has to submit documentation through the sponsor’s personnel office or at the nearest uniformed service ID card issuing facility so their eligibility can be reflected in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

Note: Due to a Medical Group training and an official function May 9, the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center will be closed for normal operations with the exception of the emergency room and inpatient services. All outpatient clinics, including the main pharmacy, satellite pharmacy, laboratory and radiology will be closed for normal operation in support of the exercise. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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




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