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Official explains options for changing health care providers

Posted June 20, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said here yesterday. In a DOD News interview, Mary Kaye Justis said she wants service members and their families to know there are several easy options to find new health care…

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Ask the Doc

Posted June 20, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q.“How does the Affordable Care Act affect TRICARE?” A.The Affordable Care Act has no direct effect on TRICARE since a different set of statutes under the authority of the Department of Defense and the Secretary of Defense apply to TRICARE. Eligibility, covered benefits, cost shares and all other features of the TRICARE program remain in…

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Corrective eye surgery wait times reduced

Posted June 13, 2014 by Capt. William Catt

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Air Force currently offers active duty members two types of corneal refractive surgery to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Refractive surgery eliminates the need for glasses, contacts, prescription inserts for night vision goggles and ballistic eyewear thereby enhancing mission and deployment readiness. CRS is now offered at six bases…

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Stay alive: If you drink don’t drive

Posted June 13, 2014 by Senior Airman Jason Couillard

Airmen are constantly reminded not to drink and drive due to the illegality and safety concerns. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, an estimated 32 percent of fatal car crashes involve an intoxicated driver or pedestrian. Airmen that receive a DUI are subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military…

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FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted June 13, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a healthy…

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Sunscreen saves lives

Posted June 13, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Meagan Schutter

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — “One in five people will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime,” according to Maj. Shelley Aldrich, 374th Medical Group chief of Dermatology. That can be a sombering fact for sun lovers and those who like to make regular trips to their local indoor tanning facility. The three most…

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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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Motorcycle safety at forefront of CDOS

Posted June 6, 2014 by Senior Airman Siuta B. Ika

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis Service members await instructions during the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Riders Course May 29 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The course provides three days of motorcycle training to teach the basics of safely riding a motorcycle on and off base. NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE,…

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Summer driving: make it safe driving

Posted June 6, 2014 by Senior Airman Timothy Young

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Young Summer brings a number of factors to escalate the risk of being in an accident. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the highest casualty factor for traffic accidents in 2012 was “improper driving” followed by “excessive speed.” Accident can’t always be avoided, but taking…

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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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