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!
This week, the Coast Guard announced service members may now request an administrative absence to obtain a legal marriage. The message from Rear Adm. Steven E. Day, director of Reserve and Military Personnel, announces policy and procedures for granting administrative absence in order to obtain a legal marriage.
Rear Adm. Daniel A. Neptun announced, beginning Sept. 3, members with same-sex spouses can present a valid state marriage certificate to their admin/SPO for processing to receive all spousal/dependent benefits, including BAH at the with-dependents rate. All benefits will be retroactive to the date of marriage or the date of the Supreme Court ruling, whichever is later.
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, prohibiting extension of Federal benefits to same-sex spouses of civilian employees of Federal agencies, was unconstitutional. As a result, the Office of Personnel Management released a memo on July 3 outlining the process by which spouses of civilian Federal employees in legal same-sex marriages could apply for Federal benefits, including – but not limited to – healthcare and life insurance.