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AF healthcare messaging service now fully implemented

Posted March 28, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has recently completed implementation of its secure healthcare-messaging system, MiCare, to all 76 of its medical treatment facilities worldwide. As of March 1, more than 360,000 Air Force healthcare beneficiaries and 2,300 providers have signed up for this service, which allows the patient and provider to communicate on a secure…

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Posted June 13, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q.“Can I choose a civilian network provider?” A.If you are enrolled in Tricare Prime and live over 30 minutes from Nellis Air Force Base, you can change your Prime Care Manager through the United Healthcare Center. If you do not live over 30 minutes from Nellis AFB, you must submit a request for review and approval…

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Posted August 8, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q. Should my doctor use my Department of Defense benefits number or my sponsor’s Social Security number to file a claim?    A. Your doctor can use either number. If they need help filing claims, they can contact the regional contractor.   Contact Information North Region Contractor, Health Net 1-877-TRICARE, 1-877-874-2273 www.hnfs.com  South Region Contractor, Humana Military 1-800-444-5445…

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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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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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