TRICARE beneficiaries in select states who have a documented diagnosis of low back pain will receive three free physical therapy visits. The goal of the demonstration is to determine whether waiving physical therapy cost-sharing will incentivize more beneficiaries to attend physical therapy, which may in turn reduce overall healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes.
There are a number of changes to the TRICARE program every year. The most recent proposed change will allow the option for some military families and retirees to choose a different health network apart from the current East and West regions available. Presently, Humana Military Healthcare Services holds the TRICARE East contract and Health Net Federal Services holds the TRICARE West contract.
Watchdog Reports: Troops and Families May Not Be Receiving Adequate Mental Health Care Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, military families were having trouble getting the mental health care they needed, according to new data from an online survey conducted in late 2019. Whether they are active-duty families, military retiree families or veteran families, about half… Read more »
A bill calling for the Secretary of Defense to provide additional resources, including the services of doulas, for pregnant beneficiaries in the Tricare program, was introduced in Congress this May. The sponsors for this bill, Senators Kiersten Gillibrand (New York) and Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) propose that the additional support would actually help to cut heath… Read more »
New TRICARE Select Fees For Retirees Begin January 1, 2021 On June 22nd, TRICARE announced in a press release that TRICARE Select Group A retired beneficiaries must pay for enrollment fees “in order to maintain their health coverage.” The new fees are set to take effect on January 1st, 2021, and this is the first… Read more »
TRICARE Extension Possible for Dependents On June 11th, House Representative Elaine Luria (D-VA) introduced H.R. 7176, the Health Care Fairness for Military Families Act, which would improve dependent coverage under the TRICARE Young Adult Program. If passed, this amendment would allow TRICARE dependents to remain on their parents’ insurance policy until the age of 26… Read more »
TRICARE: All About the TRICARE Program Answering the call for our nation’s military, provides numerous benefits to the individuals who serve within its branches. In addition to serving the nation with selfless and honorable service, also comes valuable training, pay, retirement and healthcare benefits. However, a lot of military benefits can be overwhelming and sometimes… Read more »
Breast Cancer Screenings Will Use New Technology There is good news with regards to TRICARE and breast cancer screenings as the Department of Defense Department has added new technology for breast cancer screenings to its coverage. This was decided after female veterans in Congress pushed the Pentagon to make it available to active-duty service members,… Read more »
Open Enrollment Begins for TRICARE and FEDVIP TRICARE and FEDVIP open enrollment season has begun. This includes changing your TRICARE plan, getting or swapping dental plans and obtain vision coverage depending on your military status. During this open season, which lasts until December 9, 2019, is the only time you can make these changes unless… Read more »
Military Benefit Changes For 2020 Changes announced so far. Please keep checking back, as we will continue updating new changes to your military benefits for 2020. TRICARE Drug Costs To Increase By Over 40% Every year on January 1st, TRICARE has its regular cost increases. In 2020, we will see updates on prescription drug costs…. Read more »
You may have heard that TRICARE will give you a free breast pump when you have a baby. But, you might also have some questions about how this all works, what you need to do to get your pump, and any other details about the benefit. Here is what you need to know about getting… Read more »
With a new baby on the way, you are most likely looking for ways to save money. Here is a list of military discounts for new and pregnant moms. Military Discounts For Those Who Are Pregnant and New Mothers Operation Special Delivery Operation Special Delivery was founded by a doula, Patricia Newton, after September 11th,… Read more »
As a member of the military or a spouse of a member of the military, you are entitled to TRICARE, which is a benefit of serving. You might have TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Select or another TRICARE plan. One of the most common questions people have is what TRICARE is and what it actually covers. This… Read more »
Healthcare From Active Duty to National Guard There will be quite a few changes for those that make the decision to transition from active duty to National Guard. One of the biggest changes will be with healthcare when going from active duty to the National Guard or Reserves. As an active duty service member, you… Read more »
New TRICARE Coverage for Babies TRICARE has added a new coverage for babies. They will now be covering some or all of the cost of breast milk for those in need of the milk for their new baby. Here is what you need to know: When Will TRICARE Cover the Breast Milk? TRICARE will cover… Read more »
TRICARE Prime vs Select Trying to decide between TRICARE Prime vs Select? This is a question a lot of military families face. There is always a lot of discussion each winter during the Tricare Open Season concerning the differences between TRICARE Prime vs Select. Here’s the breakdown. TRICARE Open Season “TRICARE Open Season is the… Read more »
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that they have expanded the list of insurance carriers in Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP). The number of dental carriers available will increase from 10 to 12, and the number of vision carriers will increase from 4 to 5 in the coming year.