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Health Benefits Program open season dates set

Posted November 14, 2014 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program runs through Dec. 8, officials announced recently. During open season employees and retirees will have the chance to review their current plans and make any changes they desire for the following year. Eligible employees…

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Safety pursues diligence to preserve a safer future

Posted March 27, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

“We want to find a way to prevent mishaps from happening in the future and ensure our Airmen’s safety,” said Master Sgt. William Camp, 57th Wing flight safety NCO in charge.

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Think before you drink: LVAADD saves careers, lives

Posted July 31, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle

On most Friday and Saturday nights, bars and nightclubs in Las Vegas are filled with people packed in like sardines.

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TRICARE travel tips: keeping you covered

Posted June 15, 2012 by By Brian P. Smith

TRIWEST — When you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is your medical coverage. These five small steps can help you avoid unexpected issues during your travels – even if you change TRICARE regions.   Keep DEERS Updated:  No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System record is…

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Ask the Doc – August 17, 2012

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

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Posted November 16, 2012 by 99th Medical Group

Q. I heard that my TRICARE benefits will no longer be available when the TriWest contract ends in April 2013. How can this be? A. I’m afraid you were misinformed. Your TRICARE benefits don’t end when health care delivery changes from TriWest to UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans around April 1, 2012. Though there may be…

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Distracted driving: texting can be deadly

Posted March 8, 2013 by Senior Airman Scott Miller

Distracted driving has become a major safety issue for drivers nationwide. According to distraction.gov, a U.S. government website promoting safe driving, more than 3,000 people were killed in distraction-related crashes on U.S. roadways during 2012.

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Posted June 14, 2013 by

Q. If I am approved for the Transitional Care For Service-Related Conditions Program, when does my coverage begin and end and what if I am no longer in my Transitional Assistance Management Program benefit period? A. If approved, your coverage starts on the date the Department of Defense physician validates you qualify for coverage and…

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TRICARE issues statement about government shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013 by TRICARE Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — On Oct. 1, the Defense Health Agency issued the following statement: “We know that those who rely on the Military Health System (MHS) are concerned about how the government shutdown might impact their health care. While we can’t predict the exact consequences of a shutdown on every part of our MHS, we will…

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Posted January 10, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q. “We were told that the Tricare for Life Mandatory Mail-Order starts Feb. 14 and only applies to maintenance medications. Is there a listing somewhere of this category of drugs? Will notifications go out in January? Lastly, is there a transition period for this change?” A. “We do have a list and will post to…

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