New Year, New You: Stay Healthy With TRICARE in 2020
Did you make a long list of resolutions this January? Consider one in 2020: taking better care of your health.
“Staying on top of preventive health care helps protect you from disease and illness,” said Dr. James Black, medical director of the Clinical Support Division at Defense Health Agency. “Your provider can help you identify and address health issues before they worsen. Taking better care of your health also means making better food choices and exercise part of your life.”
Start by scheduling necessary visits to your provider. Do the same for your family members. TRICARE covers preventive health exams for all beneficiaries, with tailored exams for women and for children.
For women under age 65, TRICARE covers well-woman exams. They include breast exams, pelvic exams, and Pap tests to include HPV DNA testing. TRICARE now covers either 2-D mammograms or 3-D mammograms annually for eligible women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines are one of the best ways to protect you from potentially deadly diseases. TRICARE covers age-appropriate vaccines and immunizations as recommended by the CDC. You can schedule covered vaccines from any TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. DSClick to closeAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. at no cost. However, you may have to pay copayments or cost-shares for the office visit or for other services received during the same visit. You can get some covered vaccines at TRICARE retail network pharmacies.
Take Small Lifestyle Steps
In addition to routine visits with your health care provider, making a commitment to good nutrition and regular exercise will help you stay healthy in 2020. Eating a balanced diet improves your overall health while maintaining a healthy weight. Make an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink more water, and limit processed foods.
“Being active lowers your risk of developing chronic conditions,” said Dr. Black. “These include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.”