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Oklahoma Tornado Triggers TRICARE Waivers

5/24/2013

The May 20 tornado in Oklahoma has triggered TRICARE’s authorization of the primary care manager (PCM) medical waiver and an “Emergency Refill Too Soon” waiver. Each is designed to ensure military families and retirees have access to health care services and medications during this stressful time.

The PCM waiver is effective from May 20 through June 19, 2013 in the Tinker Air Force Base Prime Service Area. For more information, go to the Oklahoma disaster alert page. In emergencies, the Department of Defense (DoD) can approve a waiver of PCM referrals. Waiving the PCM referral requirement allows affected beneficiaries to get care from TRICARE-authorized providers without a PCM referral, avoiding point-of-service charges.

The “Emergency Refill Too Soon” waiver authorizes early prescription refills for affected beneficiaries through June 17 in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. When a prescription waiver is authorized for an impacted area, information about early refills is posted on the TRICARE website. Beneficiaries who’ve signed up for TRICARE e-mail updates at www.tricare.mil/subscriptions receive the update directly. Also check TRICARE’s social media pages for updates.

Severe weather can happen at any time, during any season. Disaster preparation is important and being prepared is just as essential as knowing how to get help. Everyone should have an emergency “Go To” kit, and copies of important documents like the Uniformed Services ID card or other health insurance card, driver’s license, Social Security card and other items like a list of prescriptions and shot records.

Have the numbers to family doctors and the regional contractor close at hand for help getting care. Have a disaster plan and practice it. In case of injury, get emergency care. TRICARE has a downloadable contact wallet card with all the contacts you need for help with your health plan. There is also fact sheet that explains TRICARE coverage during natural disasters. They are both available at www.tricare.mil/disasterinfo.

Last Updated 9/30/2013