The 2017 Hurricane Season starts June 1, 2017. As Coast Guard personnel, we all have a responsibility to lead by example. Are you prepared? Does your family know what to do? Coast Guard men and women confident their loved ones and their property are safe and secure are better prepared to perform their missions when disaster strikes. Make sure you have a plan in place for when you are not able to be home.
If you have an adult child that remains dependent on you for support, they may be eligible for TRICARE benefits. In order for your child to qualify to remain your eligible dependent after age 21, or age 23 if a full time student, they must be declared as “incapacitated”. In order to meet these criteria they must be incapable of providing their own support and dependent on their TRICARE sponsor for over 50 percent of their support. Additionally the incapacitation must have occurred before age 21 or age 23 if a full time student. Your child must also be unmarried. If they are married and become unmarried, you can apply for reinstatement of benefits. Read on to see if your child qualifies, and if so what benefits that they may be entitled to.
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.
Whether you are moving this summer or thinking ahead to Assignment Year 2017, this post provides insight into medical benefits and care while in the midst of a Permanent Change of Station.