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Posted April 19, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

Q: I was previously informed 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…

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Get ‘spiked’ on alcohol-free weekend

Posted April 19, 2013 by 99th Medical Operation Squadron

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As part of alcohol-free weekend April 26 to 28, the mental health clinic is hosting a party on the sports field located next to the dormitories at 6 p.m. that includes volleyball games, burgers, glow-in-the-dark mock cocktails, glow sticks and water bottles. The event is part of the Enforcing…

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Posted April 12, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

Q. Can I choose a civilian network provider? A. If you are enrolled in Tricare Prime and live more than 30 minutes from Nellis Air Force Base, you can change your Prime Care Manager through the Tricare Service Center. If you do not live more than 30 minutes from Nellis AFB, you must submit a…

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Reductions won’t affect most TRICARE Prime beneficiaries

Posted April 12, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of the more than 5 million beneficiaries eligible for the health care plan, Military Health System officials said. The 3 percent difference, which comprises about 171,000 beneficiaries who mostly reside more than 40 miles from…

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Anonymous crime tips possible with mobile app

Posted April 5, 2013 by Air Force News

(AFNS) — Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637, CRIMES, in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air Force community…

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Posted April 5, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

Q. I am a TRICARE for Life beneficiary; what do I have to do with the transition to United Healthcare? A. During the transition to United Healthcare Military and Veterans, Welcome Packets were sent to all TRICARE beneficiaries in the TRICARE West Region. Included in that mailing were TRICARE for Life beneficiaries. These packets were…

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Posted March 29, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

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…

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Posted March 22, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

Q. My mother is my dependent. Can she see a military doctor? A. Once a dependent parent/in-law is enrolled into Tricare Plus, they will be assigned a Primary Care Manager here at the Military Treatment Facility, MTF. They will be able to utilize any of the services that can be provided to them at this…

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Posted March 15, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

Q: How would I know if I can continue to have my Primary Care provider after April 1? A. United Healthcare Military and Veterans will begin to provide health care for TRICARE in the West Region starting April 1. Meanwhile, TriWest continues to serve the 2.9 million beneficiaries in the West Region through March 31….

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Air Force aims to curtail electronic cigarette use

Posted March 15, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Michael Charles

Every time an individual inhales smoke from a cigarette, they’re actually ingesting more than 4,000 chemicals. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some of these chemicals, if taken alone in high enough quantities, have the potential to kill.

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