Health Matters (West) Newsletter: 2022—Issue 3

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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 3 | 2022

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  • A Checklist to Help You Prepare for 2022 TRICARE Open Season
    TRICARE Open Season is the time when most families can make changes to their TRICARE health care coverage for next year. Preparing for open season now can help you make the best selection for you and your family later. TRICARE Open Season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 13.
  • Q&A: What You Need to Know for Federal Benefits Open Season
    The Federal Benefits Open Season is for dental and vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). Review the Q&A to see if you’re eligible for FEDVIP. Federal Benefits Open Season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 12.
  • Make Sure You Understand Recent TRICARE Telehealth Policy Changes
    At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Health Agency made several temporary updates to the TRICARE benefit regarding telehealth. Here are important policy updates you should know before your next telehealth appointment.
  • Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Resources: You Are Not Alone
    Sometimes life events can lead to depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. It’s important to remember that you are not alone. If you or a loved one need immediate help, you can contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 988 and then press 1. The crisis line is free and available 24/7 to get you the help you need.
  • 10 TRICARE Health Care Terms You Should Know
    Have you recently come across a health care term and weren’t quite sure what it meant? It’s OK. Health care coverage is full of terms you may not know. To help you better understand your TRICARE benefit, here’s a list of commonly used health care terms and definitions.
  • How to Use TRICARE and Other Health Insurance at the Pharmacy
    Do you have coverage through your employer or a private plan that you’ve purchased? TRICARE calls this Other Health InsuranceHealth insurance you have in addition to TRICARE, such as Medicare or an employer-sponsored health insurance. TRICARE supplements don’t qualify as "other health insurance." (OHI). Some OHI includes a prescription drug benefit that can be used with TRICARE. Learning more about OHI and TRICARE pharmacy benefits can save you time and money.
  • Why Are Immunizations Important?
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immunizations can prevent infectious diseases that can be harmful to children and adults. Talk to your child’s doctor if you have any questions about vaccines and review resources.
  • Save Time With Self-Service Tools
    Did you know Health Net Federal Services, LLC (HNFS) offers self-service tools to help you easily find important health care information 24/7? Log in on the HNFS website to get started accessing and reviewing your info.

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After a divorce, your health plan options depend on whether you meet certain criteria. A former spouse only remains eligible for TRICARE if he or she meets specific criteria. These include the sponsor’s status, length of the marriage, and other factors. For information on how divorce or annulment affects TRICARE coverage, go to TRICARE’s Getting a Divorce or Annulment page.

How do I check the status of my referral or pre-authorization?

If you’re enrolled in a TRICARE Prime plan, you may need specialty care that your primary care manager (PCM) can’t provide. In that case, your PCM may need to make a referral or pre-authorization for specialty care. Learn how to check the status of your referral or pre-authorization.

What maternity care services does TRICARE provide?

Your maternity care options depend on your TRICARE health plan and where you live. All TRICARE covered services must be medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition., and there are some limits. Visit the Maternity Care page to learn more. NEW! The Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration is available for TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select enrollees in the U.S.

Want to learn more about your TRICARE benefits? The TRICARE Publications page has a new look and feel to make finding the resources you need easier. Learn about your benefit, including health, dental, pharmacy, costs, and more. Whether you’re active duty, Reserve, a retiree, or a family member, there’s a publication for you.

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Last Updated 11/22/2022