Health Matters (West) Newsletter

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This quarterly newsletter provides information about your TRICARE benefit. This stateside edition contains information specific to beneficiaries living in the West RegionAlaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa (excludes Rock Island arsenal area), Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri (except St. Louis area), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (southwestern corner including El Paso), Utah, Washington and Wyoming.. Check the map to find your region.

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Issue 2 | 2022  

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  • How Does TRICARE Change When You Retire From Active Duty?
    If you retire from active duty, you and your family will still qualify for TRICARE, but you must actively enroll into a TRICARE health plan if you want coverage for civilian care. Learn about health plans for retirees and their family members.
  • New, Expanded Childbirth and Breastfeeding TRICARE Benefits for Expecting Parents
    TRICARE added new childbirth and breastfeeding services (including certain doulas and lactation specialists) under the Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration. Learn about these new benefits for new and expecting parents enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select.
  • TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery: A Safe, Convenient Way to Get Your Prescriptions
    Choosing the right pharmacy option can save you a great deal of time and money. For many TRICARE beneficiaries, the cheapest, most convenient option is TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery. Discover why home delivery may be right for you.
  • How Referrals Work With Your TRICARE Plan
    If you’re an active duty service member or active duty family member enrolled in a TRICARE Prime plan, you need a referral from your primary care manager to seek most specialty care. Learn more about referrals with some helpful facts.
  • Is TRICARE Young Adult Right for Your Child?
    Though your child will lose regular TRICARE coverage upon turning age 21 or age 23 if enrolled full time at an approved college, many young-adult children can continue to get medical and pharmacy benefits up until age 26 through TRICARE Young Adult. Here’s what you need to know.
  • Save Time: Use Online Self-Service Tools
    Health Net Federal Services, LLC offers online self-service tools to help you find important health care information. Self-service tools are a great option, especially on days when call center hold times may be higher than normal. Learn how to access these online tools.
  • Understanding Exercise-Induced Asthma
    While it isn’t the root cause of asthma, exercise is one of several factors that can trigger breathing difficulties for those diagnosed with asthma. Learn more about exercised-induced asthma.

Does TRICARE cover telemental health services?FAQ image

Yes. You have the option to use telemental health services as part of your TRICARE benefit. Your regional contractor has a network of providers who can evaluate, treat, and refer you as necessary. Telemedicine can be done using live audio and video or audio-only services. You can search for a telemental health provider on your TRICARE contractor’s provider directory. You can also call your regional contractor to request telemental health services or other types of mental health services.

Depending on your TRICARE health plan, you may first need an authorization or referral. Active duty service members need a referral for telemental health care. Contact your regional contractor for more information.

How do I find a network doctor?

Your TRICARE contractor has an established provider network in your region. You can use the Find a Doctor tool to find a network provider. You can also go directly to your TRICARE contractor’s network provider directory and search for a provider in your area:

Does TRICARE cover my care when I travel?

Yes. How you get care depends on your plan and where you’re traveling (U.S., U.S. Territories, or overseas). To learn more, check the Getting Care When Traveling page.

If you think you have an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency facility. If it’s after hours or you aren’t sure if you need to see a doctor, check with the Military Health System Nurse Advice Line. It’s available 24/7 by phone, web chat, and video chat.

Are you new to TRICARE? Would you like a quick refresher course on your TRICARE benefits? A great place to start is the TRICARE 101 page. You can find information and resources to help answer questions about where you can get care, what plans you can choose from, what services TRICARE covers, what costs you may have, and more.

Health Matters (West) Newsletter: 2022—Issue 1

Last Updated 6/16/2022