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Safeguarding, re-evaluating your digital footprint

Posted October 17, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Social media is a great resource for Airmen and their families to share information and stay connected to relatives at home and abroad. Although many depend on these wonderful tools, recent events have encouraged us to re-evaluate our digital footprint to ensure our personal and professional information is protected from online…

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Posted October 17, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q:“I just got married, how do I sign-up my spouse for TRICARE?” A: You will need to register your spouse in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, by completing a DD Form 1172, Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card and DEERS Enrollment. Provide this form and any other required documents to the Nellis Air…

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Posted October 10, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q:“Does TRICARE pay for power wheelchairs and scooters?” A: TRICARE may cost share on electric powered wheelchairs if they are medically necessary, based on TRICARE requirements. TRICARE won’t cover a power wheelchair or scooter for convenience, or for leisure or recreational activities. Scooters (electric-powered, cart-type vehicles) may be cost-shared as an alternate to an electric wheelchair,…

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Importance of solid workplace safety practices

Posted October 3, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Karen Nelson

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Many may see safety as a waste of time when it comes to the workplace. Some may believe that as long as you’re not bleeding, there are no safety violations or concerns, so no need for paperwork.  However, safety encompasses small and large issues. Some of the smaller issues include blown…

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Posted October 3, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q:” Our sponsor is no longer on active duty. What do we need to do to get Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for our child who may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder?” A: There are two parts to your question.    1. Under the basic TRICARE benefit, your child needs to have a Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosed by…

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Disaster planning: Practice makes perfect

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed Aidan looks at drawing of his family’s designated meeting spot he would go to if an emergency or disaster forced him to leave his house in Las Vegas, Sept. 23. It is important to include children in the planning and practice of emergency sheltering or evacuation….

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Posted September 26, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q:“Are TRICARE deductibles and co-payments fixed, or do they increase as I get older?” A: TRICARE deductibles and co-payments are established by law; they may change if the law changes. At this time they are not linked to age, but are linked to the particular TRICARE option being used (Standard/Extra/Prime).   Send your questions to askthedoc@nellis.af.mil

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Shedding light on patient advocates

Posted September 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed Master Sgt. Bryan Anderson, 99th Medical Group patient advocate, speaks with a patient at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 15. Patient advocates are located in each clinic and at the group level to help patients with any medical…

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Posted September 19, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q:  Does TRICARE cover custodial care?   A:  No. Custodial care (care provided for someone’s daily needs such as eating, dressing, or providing a place to sleep, as opposed to taking care of their medical needs), whether provided in an institution or home, isn’t covered. Some aspects of the care may be covered, such as…

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No hazard zone

Posted September 12, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Princeton Drake

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Have you ever driven your vehicle over an unknown pot hole, got angry and just blew it off? Then the next time you came to the same area you simply drove around it. In this situation, like most hazardous situations, an important step missed is to report the incident….

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