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Reductions won’t affect most TRICARE Prime beneficiaries

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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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‘The Heat is On’: Nellis nears record highs

Posted July 5, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason W. Edwards Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Albright, 99th Security Forces Squadron journeyman, drinks water in front of the Area 2 gate July 2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Working in near-record temperatures as high as 117 degrees, Airmen must hydrate frequently in order to avoid heat…

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Posted October 25, 2013 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…

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DOD focuses on healthy, active lifestyle for children

Posted February 7, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

With the national rate of childhood obesity increasing, the Defense Department wants to ensure children in military families lead healthy and active lifestyles, the Defense Department’s director of the office of family policy and children and youth said.

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Parkinson’s traveler runs for awareness

Posted May 16, 2014 by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam Col. Marcus Cranston, 99th Medical Group director of medical education endocrinology and preventive medicine, starts a four-mile run May 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. Starting April 4, Cranston ran four miles in 44 different countries over the course of four weeks to raise awareness for Parkinson’s…

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Posted July 11, 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 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 a TRICARE-authorized…

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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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99th MDG beneficiaries may see change of PCM due to optimization

Posted February 6, 2015 by 99th Medical Group

The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center is adapting to changes in the Primary Care Manager staff while simultaneously increasing enrollment in the Internal Medicine clinic, which could cause beneficiaries to see a change of their PCM as a result. Additionally, the Flight Medicine Clinic has transformed into a more comprehensive model known as a Patient…

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Summer safety begins with risk management

Posted May 29, 2015 by Air Force Safety Center Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force graphic by Denise Stephens Increased travel and leisure activities that go hand-in-hand with the summer months require increased emphasis on risk management, said Air Force Chief of Ground Safety, Bill Parsons. KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Increased travel and leisure activities go hand in hand with the summer months, and require…

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Health professionals offer cool advice

Posted May 11, 2012 by By Airman 1st Class Lincoln Korver

(AFNS) — Anyone who has gone through basic military training knows how seriously the instructors take “hydrating,” but do the trainees really know why they are encouraged to drink water regularly and beyond thirst? The human body’s main goal is to maintain homeostasis, or balance, in all aspects of function. This includes maintaining a constant…

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