Once a month, the Compass will feature “Dear Coast Guard Family,” a column for Coast Guard families written by Coast Guard spouse, Rachel Conley. Rachel is married to her high school sweetheart, Chief Warrant Officer James Conley, and is the mother of three children. Rachel passionately serves as a Coast Guard Ombudsman and advocate of
As a Coast Guard Reserve member or family member, you have access to TRICARE, the Department of Defense’s premier health care program. TRICARE brings together military hospitals and clinics with a network of civilian providers to offer you medical, pharmacy, and dental options. As a TRICARE beneficiary, you have access to the health care you need wherever you are.
With the upcoming changes in TRICARE taking place in January 2018, you may have questions about what actions you need to take to ensure TRICARE coverage. First, all beneficiaries should ensure their information is correct in DEERS . Here is what else you need to know:
Hello from Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center (PPC). We’d like to remind you that November is the month when all members are required to self-validate through the annual verification process. This is a time to review and update all documentation for entitlements and dependency statuses to ensure that you and your family are getting the correct pay and benefits. PPC is passionately committed to providing the very best in customer service. We know what we do every day has a direct impact on so many lives and we take that seriously. As we celebrate the upcoming holidays and focus on family, please know our family is taking of yours!
Did you know that you may be able to claim parents or parents-in-law as dependents. If you do claim your parents as dependents, they too have certain TRICARE benefits. In order for your parents to be eligible to be your dependents you must be paying more than half of their expenses. However, unlike your children, your parents do not need to live with you for over half the year for you to claim them. You’ll also need to enroll your dependent parents in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS) so that they can access TRICARE Plus. Read the full post to learn more about this program!
Getting married? First, congratulations! Second, read this post to learn all about TRICARE. It’s an exciting and busy time, and you will want to ensure your new spouse gets medical coverage as soon as possible!
Death is never an easy topic to discuss, but it is important that you and your family understand survivor benefits. After the death of a sponsor, TRICARE benefits continue automatically as long as all information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is current and you are an un-remarried spouse or a surviving unmarried child under 21 years old (or 23 if enrolled full time in an approved educational program or if the sponsor provided over 50 percent of the financial support). The type, length and costs of these benefits vary depending on the sponsor’s military status at the time death. Read the full post to learn more and to find out where to seek information regarding survivor benefits.
Are you moving overseas for your Permanent Change of Station? This post provides critical information to help ensure you and your family are enrolled properly in DEERS and TRICARE before you deploy.
Tax season is almost here, and there are a few important things to remember regarding filing your return. In 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. TRICARE coverage meets the minimum essential coverage, but here are a few things you should know to make sure you and your family report this coverage correctly.