Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Budget may raise TRICARE costs

Out-of-pocket health care costs for military retirees and for users of the TRICARE retail pharmacy network would jump next October if Congress approves President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request delivered last week. Annual active duty pay raises also would be impacted but not until January 2015 when raise caps would begin and last three years. […]

TRICARE Prime option available to young adults

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Military families have a new TRICARE Prime option for young adults without healthcare coverage. TRICARE Young Adult Prime gives eligible family members TRICARE Prime medical (and pharmacy) coverage with low out-of-pocket costs for a $201 monthly premium. Military family members who are not married, who have “aged out” […]

Cuts to TRICARE Prime proposed

Tom Philpott Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has advised the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction to consider ending access to TRICARE Prime, the military’s popular managed care option, for working-age retirees and their families, to avoid spending cuts that would directly impact readiness. Unless at least seven of 12 super committee members agree on […]

TRICARE news: Don’t let excuses keep you from mammogram

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance When Mara Street turned 40, she received a call from TRICARE to recommend she go for her first yearly mammogram. Street, who resides in Great Falls, Mont. and is the wife of a retired Air Force captain, didn’t listen at first. “I deleted the message, thinking I’m a healthy […]

TRICARE covers flu shots

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance It’s that time of year again, and your kids are throwing a fit about getting the flu shot. But perhaps, if they see mom or dad doing it too, they may go more willingly. Did you know, nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot, don’t […]

TRICARE promises continued access to prescription medicines

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — A dispute between Walgreens and a TRICARE contractor will not stop beneficiaries from getting their prescriptions filled, despite a Walgreen’s ad campaign to the contrary, a TRICARE official said today. Don’t let that advertising, letter and Internet outreach campaign scare you, Navy Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, […]

TRICARE covers cancer clinical trials

By Shari Lopatin TriWest Healthcare Alliance: TriWest Healthcare Alliance TRICARE recently expanded its coverage for cancer clinical trials. This makes it possible for cancer patients with TRICARE to receive more types of treatments. Beare, who is 63 years old and cancer-free today, is a strong believer in finding a cure. “Cancer is very real, very […]

Retroactive coverage closing for TRICARE Young Adult program

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The opportunity to purchase retroactive TRICARE Young Adult, or TYA, coverage expires on Sept. 30. Retroactive TYA provides coverage for young adults back to Jan 1, or the day they became eligible if that was after Jan 1. TYA allows eligible adult children to purchase TRICARE coverage […]

Cuts could impact TRICARE users

Low reimbursements are the top reason physicians say they turn away beneficiaries who use TRICARE Standard, the military’s fee-for-service insurance option, or TRICARE Extra, the preferred provider option, according to TRICARE health care provider surveys. Access to health care for these two groups of beneficiaries could become an even bigger challenge thanks to the convoluted […]

Walgreens leaving Tricare pharmacy program

Liliana Castillo Just over 89,000 Tricare beneficiaries in New Mexico will be affected by Walgreens leaving Tricare’s drug network. Walgreens says it will split with Express Scripts, the company that manages Tricare’s pharmacy program by the end of the year. Express Scripts is Tricare’s pharmacy contractor responsible for the Tricare retail pharmacy and pharmacy home […]

Walgreens leaving Tricare pharmacy program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kwame Griffith, a graduate pharmacy intern at Walgreens in Clovis, enters orders into the Walgreens system Thursday. Liliana Castillo Just over 89,000 Tricare beneficiaries in New Mexico will be affected by Walgreens leaving the Tricare’s drug network. Walgreens says it will split with Express Scripts, the company that manages Tricare’s […]

Committee OKs TRICARE increase

The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed with House colleagues to approve a small increase in TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for working-age retirees, and to allow these fees to be raised annually by the percentage cost-of-living adjustment applied to military retired pay. The vote ensures that TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for individual retirees under age […]

TRICARE covers screenings

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Nearly 12 million Americans are living today, after being told they have cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s as many people who live in the state of Ohio. Due to medical advances, the word “cancer” is no longer a death sentence. […]

TRICARE young adult fees costly

Adult children of military members and retirees now can buy TRICARE health insurance coverage out to age 26, and that coverage can be purchased back to Jan. 1 this year. The cost is steep, however, with the premium set at $186 a month for coverage under the fee-for-service TRICARE Standard plan or the preferred provider […]

Allergy tests covered for TRICARE beneficiaries

By Peter Holstein: TRICARE Management Activity FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Every year millions of Americans suffer from allergies, with symptoms ranging from irritating to life-threatening. TRICARE beneficiaries are eligible to receive care for the testing and treatment of conditions relating to allergies. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, allergy symptoms are […]

Young adults eligible for TRICARE enrollment

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Qualified young adults up to age 26 soon will be able purchase TRICARE military health plan coverage on a month-to-month basis. TRICARE officials announced plans to roll out the new Young Adult Program — including an option to make coverage retroactive to Jan. 1 — in […]

TRICARE Young Adult Program on way

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va – Qualified TRICARE dependents up to age 26 can soon purchase TRICARE coverage on a month-to-month basis. To qualify to purchase TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) coverage, dependents must be under 26, unmarried and not eligible for their own employer-sponsor health coverage. TYA will initially offer a premium-based TRICARE […]

TRICARE extends web-based counseling

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The TRICARE Assistance Program has been extended through March 20, 2012. This demonstration program lets active-duty service members and their families’ beneficiaries use the Internet and a webcam to speak face-to-face with mental health counselors 24/7 from any location in the U.S. The extension allows more time […]

Military update: Debate heating over TRICARE

Senior Defense officials defended their plan to raise TRICARE Prime fees modestly for working-age retirees last week at a hearing of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel. Next day, representatives of military associations testified. Five of them, including one who spoke on behalf of 13 other groups too, said they could accept what […]