This blog is the most recent in a series helping members of the Coast Guard family understand how to use their TRICARE benefits.
All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information. * NOTE: The series does not contain all of the new messages, just select ones. Click here to view internet releasable messages, or go to the Portal to view all messages (must be at a Coast Guard workstation). ALCOAST 233/18 –
As much as we try to plan for them and prepare for them, disasters and emergencies happen. Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes can cause disruption and dislocation to you and your loved ones. During the disaster you may need medical care more than ever. In the event that an emergency does happen, TRICARE takes steps to help you cope.
For any number of reasons you may lose access to your TRICARE doctor. Your provider may elect to no longer accept TRICARE, may retire, move, or leave medical practice. Regardless of the reason, the result is that you and your dependents may no longer have a doctor. Read the full blog to find out what steps to take if you lose your network doctor!
Changes are coming to the way TRICARE is managed, and it’s important that you stay informed so that you get the most out of your benefit. 2016 saw a major renegotiation of the TRICARE contract, affecting all Coast Guard, DOD, PHS and NOAA members, dependents and retirees. A transition period will be in effect until late 2017, when the new contract will begin.
TRICARE regularly reviews its coverage of procedures and expands services, procedures and processes covered to provide the best care possible to eligible beneficiaries. There are some recent additions to services covered. Beginning in December of 2016 the Auditory Osseointerated Implant (AOI) is a covered benefit for non active duty members, and has recently expanded services to diagnose and treat illness to the urinary system. Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is also now covered under TRICARE, as well as preventive health care visits for TRICARE Prime enrolled beneficiaries age 6 and older. Read the full blog for more details!
Whether you are new to the Coast Guard or a seasoned vet, the difference between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Standard can be a bit confusing, and trying to decide which plan is right your family can be a bit overwhelming. If you are struggling with which plan to choose, read the full post to learn more!
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.
Do you know someone who is thinking of joining the Coast Guard? Are YOU thinking about joining the Coast Guard? Do you know about all of the benefits you would receive, or are you concerned about your family? Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package, and many of these benefits will directly or indirectly positively impact your family. In addition to a steady salary, members receive free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more. Your dependents can also receive great benefits as well! Read the full post to find out more!
The TRICARE medical insurance program is designed to assist you and your eligible family members with maintaining your health, and providing you with care when you are sick or injured. While TRICARE coverage is comprehensive, covering a wide range of services, products and programs, it doesn’t cover everything. It’s important that you know what TRICARE does and doesn’t cover so that you can take best advantage of your benefit, and so that you don’t incur any unnecessary costs.