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Q. Recently in pediatrics we have had parents call requesting referrals to cover emergency room visits at off-base hospitals. Do patients need to have a referral to take their children to an off base ER? A. No, patients do not need a referral for an off base ER. However, if the patient is unknowingly shuffled…

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Watch for buses as kids go back to school

Posted August 23, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Cierra Monroe

  NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Members of the 99th Air Base Wing Safety office want to remind drivers to take increased care during the back to school season. According to the Department of Transportation, 23 million children ride the school bus each year. According to the NHTSA, 20 school aged children are killed…

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Posted November 22, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

Q. Does TRICARE cover weight loss bariatric surgery? A.Yes, but here are certain conditions that must be met. TRICARE cost shares on any of the following open or laparoscopic surgical procedures: 1. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass 2. Vertical banded gastroplasty 3. Gastroplasty 4. Adjustable gastric banding ONLY when all of the following conditions are met: •…

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TRICARE service centers to ‘go virtual’ April 1

Posted March 28, 2014 by TRICARE.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Walk-in service at TRICARE service centers in the United States is ending April 1. TRICARE officials said the change reflects “the always growing number of TRICARE beneficiaries who most often now turn to a laptop or cell phone when they have questions about their health care.” TRICARE patients have a wide…

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Don’t leave anything behind

Posted June 6, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

There are many hazards associated with going on the road and traveling. It is important to remember basic safety tips for car travel such as wearing a seatbelt, getting enough rest before long stretches of travel and ensuring everything is properly packed or stowed. Each year 1.3 million people are killed and between 20 to…

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Grilling: prevent damage, injury by keeping it safe

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U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler1 Every summer, people across the country get out their grills to barbecue food. Along with this fun tradition comes many potential fire and other safety hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas grills constitute a higher fire risk and between 2007 and 2011,…

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Posted November 14, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q: What benefits are available to me if I were injured on active duty?  A: We have many programs and benefits available if you were injured on active duty. How you get your care depends on your military status. Active duty service members Your primary care manager will coordinate your care. You may also qualify…

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VA holds aggressive national recruitment to hire mental health professionals

Posted June 15, 2012 by By Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki recently announced the department would add approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce to help meet the...

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I’ve been profiled, now what?

Posted August 17, 2012 by By 99th Medical Group

Getting a profile exempting a person from one or more part of the fitness assessment is different than a profile that limits a person from doing certain things at work, and knowing the difference in the process can save service members unnecessary aggravation down the road....

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By 99th Medical Group Q. I am a military retiree (or military retiree spouse) who recently started a new job. My new employer offers a comprehensive employer sponsored health care plan. As a military retiree, they are familiar with TRICARE, and have offered me an additional $3000 per year to opt out of their plan…

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