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3/26/2019 Bring Your TRICARE Benefit Questions to April 4 Webinar Have questions about your TRICARE benefit? Here’s your chance to get some answers. Join the “Ask TRICARE” webinar on April...
3/22/2019 Spring Travel? TRICARE Goes With You If you’re planning a trip this spring, remember that TRICARE travels with you. Whether traveling stateside or overseas, make sure...
3/20/2019 Get to Know Your TRICARE Prime Plan TRICARE Prime is similar to a health maintenance organization, or HMO, plan. This means you get most of your care...
3/18/2019 How Does Divorce Affect Your TRICARE Benefit? Closing the chapter on a marriage can be a confusing time. If you’re going through a divorce, you may be...
3/7/2019 What is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event? Every year during TRICARE Open Season, you can enroll in or change your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan....
3/1/2019 Everything You Need to Know about Filing Medical Claims Did you visit your doctor recently? If you visited a TRICARE network provider, in most cases, your provider will file...
2/21/2019 Getting Married? Know Your TRICARE Health Care Options Getting married? Congratulations! You and your family members may experience changes in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select eligibility and coverage after getting...
2/19/2019 Understanding Your TRICARE Explanation of Benefits If you’ve ever visited the doctor or hospital and used your health benefits, you’ve probably received an explanation of benefits...
2/14/2019 Taking Care of Your Heart with TRICARE Benefits Are you ready for Heart Health Month? This is the time to listen to – and take care of –...
2/12/2019 Join Feb. 21 Webinar on TRICARE Dental Options for Service Members, Families Want to learn more about your dental options with TRICARE? Join the “TRICARE Dental Options for You and Your Family”...
2/8/2019 Get Dental Coverage through TRICARE Dental Program Are you keeping up with your and your family’s dental health, and dental options? During National Children’s Dental Health Month,...
1/31/2019 Preventing Winter Injuries with TRICARE The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cold weather can cause extra strain on your heart. Outside of heart...
1/24/2019 Winter Safety Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy Winter can be a hazardous time of year. Frigid temperatures and slick roads can be dangerous. Being prepared and knowing...
1/22/2019 Learn More about Your Benefit with 2019 TRICARE Resources It’s a new year, which means it may be time to replace the old with the new. Do you have...
1/16/2019 Save Money at the Pharmacy: Understanding TRICARE Prescription Drug Types The TRICARE Pharmacy Program provides you the same prescription drug coverage with most TRICARE health plans. If you use the...
1/15/2019 Emergency vs. Urgent Care: Do You Know the Difference? You feel lousy and know you need medical care. But you aren’t sure if your symptoms require urgent or emergency...
1/14/2019 Government Shutdown: Some Allotment Payments Affected The partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22, 2018, affected allotments used by some TRICARE patients to pay enrollment fees...
1/11/2019 Join TRICARE for Jan. 15 Q&A Facebook Event on Preventive Services Do you have questions about preventive services that TRICARE covers? Here’s your chance to get some answers. Join TRICARE on Tuesday, Jan....
1/10/2019 Don’t Let the Flu Get You, Get Your Flu Shot Now Did you get your flu shot? If not, it isn’t too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control and...
1/2/2019 New to TRICARE? The Basics You Need to Know If you’re new to TRICARE in 2019, welcome! You’ve joined 9.4 million beneficiaries who receive comprehensive health and dental coverage....
12/28/2018 Last Chance: Change Your TRICARE Coverage for 2019 by Dec. 31 You can enroll in or change your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select plan for 2019 until Dec. 31, 2018. That’s...
12/26/2018 Need Health Advice? Talk to a Registered Nurse Anytime Sometimes you need a quick answer to a health question, and it helps to have an expert to turn to....
12/20/2018 Before New Year’s, Update DEERS Is your information current in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)? Before the year ends, be sure you and...
12/18/2018 Calendar Year Costs for TRICARE Resets Jan. 1 In 2018, TRICARE implemented a number of changes. These changes include improving access to care and simplifying costs. Most TRICARE...
12/13/2018 Expanded TRICARE Coverage for Ambulance Services TRICARE expanded ambulance services to cover both treat-and-release and joint response services this year. TRICARE now covers: Treat-and-release: This is when...
12/11/2018 Missed TRICARE Open Season? There’s Still Time to Act! If you missed TRICARE Open Season, you still have time to enroll. For this year only, you can enroll in...
12/10/2018 Last Day: TRICARE, FEDVIP Open Season for 2019 Coverage Ends Today Today is the last day of open season. Do you want to make changes to your TRICARE health plan? Do...
12/7/2018 Last Chance: TRICARE, Federal Benefits Open Season Ends Monday Open season ends next week. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 for both TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits...
12/6/2018 Join TRICARE for December 13 Webinar on Enrollment Options After TRICARE Open Season Don’t miss your chance to make a selection during this year’s TRICARE Open Season, which ends on Dec. 10. If...
12/4/2018 Enroll Before TRICARE, FEDVIP Open Season Closes Dec. 10 Open season closes on Dec. 10, 2018. Do you want to make changes to your TRICARE health plan, or enroll...
11/30/2018 Know Your Costs Before Making a Choice During TRICARE Open Season TRICARE Open Season is underway. If you want to enroll in or change between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select health...
11/21/2018 TRICARE Prime Versus TRICARE Select: Should You Change or Keep Your Plan? TRICARE Open Season is from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10, 2018. This is the annual period when you can enroll...
11/20/2018 Don’t Delay, Federal Benefits Open Season Underway The first week of the Federal Benefits Open Season is behind us and the results are in. More than a...
11/15/2018 TFL, Premium-Based Plans: What to Do During Open Season TRICARE Open Season is happening now. If you want to enroll in or change your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select...
11/13/2018 Make 2019 Enrollment Choices Today: Open Season Underway TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season are underway. You now have until Dec. 10, 2018 to enroll in...
11/8/2018 All Your Open Season Questions Answered Open season begins next week, Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. TRICARE Open Season is for enrollment in a TRICARE Prime...
11/7/2018 TRDP is Ending: What to Look for in a New Retiree Dental Plan The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Beginning in 2019, new retiree dental coverage will be available through...
11/1/2018 Will Your Dentist Scream or Beam After Halloween? After Halloween, you may be left with a mound of candy to tempt your sweet tooth. But Halloween is just...
10/31/2018 Join TRICARE for November 15 Webinar on TRICARE Open Season, Federal Benefits Open Season Open season is an annual period when you can enroll in or change your health care coverage plan for the...
10/30/2018 Wishing You a Frighteningly Safe Halloween The costumes are ready, and the candy bowls are stocked. But are you and your ghosts and goblins truly ready...
10/19/2018 Prepare for TRICARE Open Season: Compare TRICARE Plan Costs with Cost Comparison Tool Do you have questions about your TRICARE costs? Your health care costs depend on your health plan, and who you...
10/11/2018 Take Command: First Annual TRICARE Open Season Begins Nov. 12 Do you want to make enrollment changes to your or to a family member’s TRICARE health plan for 2019? Your...
10/9/2018 Join TRICARE for October 18 Webinar on TRICARE Open Season Beginning Nov. 12, TRICARE will kick off its first annual TRICARE Open Season. To learn more, join TRICARE on Oct....
10/5/2018 Quit Smoking with the Help of Freedom Quitline If you were to change anything about your lifestyle, what would it be? Most of us have things about our...
10/4/2018 Compare 2019 FEDVIP Dental, Vision Plans Ahead of Open Season In 2019, dental and vision insurance plans for retirees and their families will be available through the Federal Employees Dental...
9/28/2018 Second Chance to Register: Join TRICARE for October 11 Webinar on New Dental, Vision Coverage By law, the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end on Dec. 31, 2018. New dental plan options for those...
9/27/2018 Together We Can Prevent Suicide Suicide can affect anybody Do you know somebody who has thought about or died by suicide? According to the Centers for...
9/25/2018 Say ‘Shoo’ to the Flu with TRICARE The best way to keep the flu at bay is prevention. Make sure you and your family members use your...
9/20/2018 Use TRICARE Online Tools to Help You Choose a Health Plan If you’re eligible for TRICARE, you can choose from a variety of plans. This gives you options for where and...
9/18/2018 Make Small Changes to Reduce the Risk of Childhood Obesity September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Did you know that obesity now affects 1 in 6 children and adolescents...
9/14/2018 Update – Voluntary Drug Recall Alert: Valsartan On July 13, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary recall of valsartan. Valsartan is used to treat...
9/13/2018 Join TRICARE for September 27 Webinar on New Dental, Vision Coverage By law, the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end on Dec. 31, 2018. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, new dental...
9/11/2018 Send TRICARE to College with Your Child Is your student hitting the books at college this fall? TRICARE travels with them. TRICARE coverage of eligible dependents extends...
8/28/2018 Retiring from Active Duty? Take Action, Make an Enrollment Choice When you retire from active duty, your TRICARE plan options will change. Retiring from active duty is a Qualifying Life...
8/23/2018 TRICARE Access during an Evacuation or Natural Disaster With wildfire and hurricane season underway, have a disaster preparedness plan for you and your family. Access to your TRICARE...
8/17/2018 How Does the TRICARE Catastrophic Cap Work? When it comes to staying healthy, some years are better than others. Perhaps you or your family faced a bumpy...
8/14/2018 How to Choose or Change Your TRICARE Provider Whether you’re looking to change your primary care manager (PCM) or find a specialty care provider, you have options with...
8/9/2018 Bring Your TRICARE Benefit Questions to August 23 Webinar Have questions about your TRICARE benefit? Here’s your chance to get some answers. In case you missed last month’s “Ask...
8/7/2018 Using Your TRICARE Benefit with Other Health Insurance Do you have employer-sponsored health insurance? Any health insurance you have in addition to TRICARE is known by TRICARE as...
8/2/2018 Protect Your Family from Lyme Disease this Summer For many, summer heat brings more outdoor play for the entire family. But being outside also increases your risk of...
8/1/2018 Bug off, Mosquitoes! You may know that mosquitoes carry disease. But did you know that disease epidemics from mosquito-borne viruses are on the...
7/31/2018 Travel Checklist: Prepare for Bugs and More Regardless of where this summer takes you, be aware of the bugs and insects that you may encounter along your...
7/25/2018 Stay Covered After Age 21 with TRICARE Young Adult Have you recently graduated from college, but you haven’t found your dream job yet? Or did you just turn 21,...
10/16/2018 ECHO Benefit Year Changes to Calendar Year Do you have a family member who gets supplemental services through the TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) program? If...
7/17/2018 FEDVIP is Coming: Get to Know Dental and Vision Plans Today The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Beginning in 2019, dental and vision plans will be...
7/12/2018 Bring Your TRICARE Benefit Questions to July 26 Webinar Have questions about your TRICARE benefit? Here’s your chance to get some answers. Join TRICARE on Thursday, July 26, from...
7/5/2018 Summer Travel: Getting Care While Overseas Summer vacation is the start of travel season for many military families. TRICARE covers you when you travel on business...
7/3/2018 Summer Safety: Preventing Firework Burns As the Fourth of July nears, many communities across the country are gearing up to enjoy firework shows. If your...
6/27/2018 Moving this Summer? Your TRICARE Options May Change Are you starting a new adventure in a new location soon? If so, that’s a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE)....
6/22/2018 Join TRICARE, Real Warriors Campaign for June 29 Webinar on PTSD June is PTSD Awareness Month. Join TRICARE on Friday, June 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET for the “PTSD...
6/20/2018 Summer Safety: Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning Summertime is filled with special occasions focused on family, friends, and food. While cookouts and picnics are fun, food preparation...
6/15/2018 Changes in Marital Status, Changes in TRICARE Coverage Did you get married or divorced recently? If so, you’ve experienced a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). With TRICARE, QLEs...
6/13/2018 Summer Safety: 5 Tips for Protecting Your Skin from the Sun Summer is upon us and with so many sun-filled fun activities to look forward to, don’t let safety take a...
6/7/2018 5 Tips to Improve Men’s Health June is Men’s Health Month. This month-long observance is an opportunity for men to take command of their health. Taking...
6/6/2018 Join TRICARE for June 12 Q&A Facebook Event Do you have questions about Qualifying Life Events(QLEs)? Not sure how QLEs can affect your TRICARE options? Here’s your chance...
5/30/2018 Keep Your DEERS Information Up To Date Do you or your family member expect to experience a Qualifying Life Event (QLE), including planning to move this summer?...
5/24/2018 Seeking Referrals or Prior Authorizations for Specialty Care with TRICARE At some point, you may need specialty care that your primary care manager (PCM) or general physician can’t provide. He...
5/22/2018 Explaining TRICARE Annual Cost Increases Population growth, aging, and price increases for medical goods and services drive many health care costs in the U.S. In...
5/17/2018 Women and Health: Take Time to Care for Yourself It’s National Women’s Health Week. Do you or the women in your life prioritize their health, or put it on...
5/9/2018 TRICARE Provider Types: Understanding Your Options You can visit several types of providers when you need care, regardless of your TRICARE plan. It’s important to understand...
5/7/2018 Register for TRICARE Webinar on Mental Health Care Services May is Mental Health Awareness Month and on May 17, join TRICARE for its next webinar to learn about mental...
4/30/2018 Assess Your Mental Wellness During Mental Health Awareness Month You likely spend time and energy on improving your physical health. Do you do the same when it comes to...
4/26/2018 Ready to Give Up the Smoking and Start Feeling Better? Did you know that 7 out of 10 cigarette smokers want to quit smoking? Ask yourself, if you were to...
4/19/2018 Register for TRICARE Webinar on Maternity and Newborn Coverage Having a baby or adopting? Or, maybe you already have a newborn or newly adopted child. Join us on Monday,...
4/12/2018 Introducing Qualifying Life Events: Changes in Your Life May Mean Changes to Your TRICARE Options When life changes for you and your family, your TRICARE options may also change. With TRICARE, certain life events (like...
4/6/2018 FEDVIP To Bring Vision Coverage to TRICARE Beneficiaries Only half of the 61 million U.S. adults who are at high risk for serious vision loss visited an eye...
4/2/2018 It’s Time to Celebrate Your Military Child Military children are a vital part of the military family and they deserve to be recognized. During the month of...
3/29/2018 Military Health System Nurse Advice Line Launches in Japan and South Korea The Military Health System Nurse Advice Line (MHS NAL), a service available to TRICARE beneficiaries living in the U.S. and...
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3/28/2018 Active Duty? Enroll to Continue TRICARE Coverage After Retirement Retiring from active duty, whether a medical retirement or a regular retirement, is a significant life event. You should know...
3/27/2018 TRICARE Coverage for Medically Necessary Nutritional Needs March is National Nutrition Month. It’s a smart time to focus on choosing healthier foods to fuel your body. But...
3/22/2018 Which Plan is Right for You? Comparing TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select If you have health coverage with TRICARE, you can choose from a variety of plans, which provide you options in...
3/19/2018 Take Command: Changes Coming to the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program Do you have TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) coverage now? If so, then you need to know that the TRDP...
3/16/2018 Register for TRICARE Webinar on Your Preventive Care Benefits Do you know your preventive health care benefits? Join us on Thursday, March 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. (ET)...
3/6/2018 Fuel Your Body during National Nutrition Month If you made New Year’s resolutions that are starting to fizzle, don’t despair. March is National Nutrition Month—the perfect time...
2/27/2018 Register for TRICARE Webinar on National Guard and Reserve Health Care Options Join us on Tuesday, March 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. (ET) for the “TRICARE Choices for National Guard and...
2/4/2018 Learn What’s New With Your TRICARE Benefit at Upcoming Webinar Do you have a new TRICARE plan? Not sure how your new TRICARE coverage works? Do you have the same...
2/22/2018 TRICARE Transition Challenges in the West Region On Jan. 1, 2018, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) implemented a number of changes to TRICARE, including a region consolidation...
2/16/2018 Is Your Heart Healthy? Register for TRICARE Webinar on Heart Health February is widely recognized as American Heart Month. Join us on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. (ET)...
2/5/2018 Learn What’s New With Your TRICARE Benefit at Upcoming Webinar Do you have a new TRICARE plan? Not sure how your new TRICARE coverage works? Do you have the same...
2/2/2018 Reduced Costs for Certain Diabetes, High Cholesterol Drugs TRICARE beneficiaries taking certain maintenance drugs for diabetes or high cholesterol are now paying lower or no copayments as part...
2/1/2018 New Features of the TRICARE Website The TRICARE website is your first stop when you have questions about your benefit. At the start of the New...
2/4/2018 Dental Cleanings Can Save Time, Money and Even Your Life Chances are you know someone that only gets their teeth cleaned every few years. You may even be that person....
2/5/2018 We Want Your Feedback. Take Our TRICARE Publications Survey We want your feedback. Got comments or suggestions about a TRICARE newsletter, fact sheet or handbook you read recently? Take...
1/23/2018 Take Command: Urgent Care Now Easier to Access As of Jan. 1, 2018, most TRICARE Prime enrollees no longer need a referral for urgent care visits and point-of-service...
1/22/2018 Continuing Health Care During Government Shutdown In response to the ongoing government shutdown, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) authorized its TRICARE contractors to continue delivering health...
1/9/2018 Resources to Help You Understand Your Benefit Do you have questions about your TRICARE medical and dental benefit? The TRICARE publications webpage can help you find the...
12/29/2017 TRICARE Philippine Demonstration Ends, New Preferred-Provider Network Begins Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, a preferred-provider network (PPN) will be available in the Philippines. The establishment of the PPN by...
12/28/2017 Learn about the changes to TRICARE TRICARE Changes Page ...
12/26/2017 TRICARE Enrollment Restored Following Planned System Maintenance The ability of TRICARE beneficiaries to enroll or change enrollment has been restored following a planned system maintenance. If you filed...
1/4/2018 Take Command: Increases to TRICARE Pharmacy Copayments Coming On Feb 1, 2018, copayments for prescription drugs at TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery and retail pharmacies will increase. These changes...

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