TRICARE Prime option available to young adults

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Military families have a new TRICARE Prime option for young adults without healthcare coverage. TRICARE Young Adult Prime gives eligible family members TRICARE Prime medical (and pharmacy) coverage with low out-of-pocket costs for a $201 monthly premium. Military family members who are not married, who have “aged out” […]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

Retroactive coverage closing for TRICARE Young Adult program

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The opportunity to purchase retroactive TRICARE Young Adult, or TYA, coverage expires on Sept. 30. Retroactive TYA provides coverage for young adults back to Jan 1, or the day they became eligible if that was after Jan 1. TYA allows eligible adult children to purchase TRICARE coverage […]

TRICARE young adult fees costly

Adult children of military members and retirees now can buy TRICARE health insurance coverage out to age 26, and that coverage can be purchased back to Jan. 1 this year. The cost is steep, however, with the premium set at $186 a month for coverage under the fee-for-service TRICARE Standard plan or the preferred provider […]

SGLI offers servicemembers low-cost coverage

By Maj. Tabitha Stump: Air and Space Expeditionary Force Casualty Matters RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Having insurance is always good and not spending a lot on the coverage is even better. So, getting $100,000 in traumatic injury life insurance coverage for $1 is great. The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection program […]

My turn: Age not factor for honor

Freedom New Mexico The Oscar Awards media coverage was bothersome and not because of the best and worst dressed picks. It was what they said about Best Screenplay Writer, David Seidler, who won for “The King’s Speech.” They called Seidler a late-bloomer because his first golden statuette came in his mid-70s. What a flawed cultural […]

TRICARE to extend dependent coverage to age 26

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — To ensure military families don’t get left out as the new national health care reform law extends parent’s health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new Young Adult Program by spring and to provide an option to make […]

Coverage extension comes at price

This spring, though an exact date is not yet set, TRICARE coverage will be made available to young adult military dependents out to the age 26, and that extra coverage will be available retroactively to Jan. 1 this year. But for this expansion in TRICARE coverage, by as much as three to five years, these […]

Retired Reserve health coverage launches

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — For the first time, members of the Retired Reserve who are not yet age 60, the so-called “gray area” retirees, can purchase TRICARE health coverage for themselves and their eligible family members with the Sept. 1 launch of TRICARE Retired Reserve. Retired reservists may qualify to purchase […]

Cutting doctor’s fees cause for concern

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lawmakers took steps this past week to put military people at ease over how TRICARE benefits will be protected and, for older children, how coverage likely will be expanded as the Obama administration implements the new national health care reform law. But Congress continued to take only clumsy temporary steps […]

Retiree dental coverage available for purchase

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. —Good oral health is an important part of maintaining overall health and a military retiree’s access to dental coverage doesn’t end when they hang up their uniform. With the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program, retired servicemembers can purchase affordable dental coverage for themselves and their eligible family members. The […]

U.S. hockey coverage overhyped

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Sunday was great for me — as a hockey fan, as a Ryan Miller fan and as an American. But calling it historic seems a little offsides. Yes, the United States’ 5-3 win, with Miller in net, sent ripples through Canada. The Vancouver Sun’s headline was, “Woe Canada.” On Monday, […]

Medicaid meeting planned in Roswell

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program, according to a news release. Discussion will cover proposed changes to Medicaid, a proposed buy-in to the State Coverage Plan and adding more benefits to the current […]

Coverage can extend past spouses, children

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — One great thing about your TRICARE coverage is it not only extends to your spouse and children, but in some cases, also climbs up your family tree to dependent parents and parents-in-law. The process to register your parents or parents-in-law as dependents varies by service branch. The […]

Reservists offered coverage

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance When National Guard or Reserve sponsors are not on active duty, they may be eligible for healthcare coverage by purchasing and enrolling in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS). TRICARE Reserve Select TRS includes medical and behavioral health coverage and access to TRICARE pharmacy benefits. TRS allows enrollees to choose […]

Limited government provides third option for Nov. 4 elections

Freedom New Mexico The Republicans want to give tax credits to individuals and families who choose to purchase health-care coverage. The Democrats want to force most business owners to provide health-care coverage to their employees. So yes, there is a clear difference between the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue, just as there are […]

Military medical coverage frustrating lately

By Anita Doberman I wish that I had something good to say about my experience with Tricare and military medicine, but today I don’t. While I am fully aware that there are plenty of excellent physicians and medical professionals who do a great job taking care of their patients, I feel disappointed and frustrated with […]

Presidential politics entertaining

By Anita Doberman By Anita Doberman You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican […]

Political coverage now more like sports

By Anita Doberman You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican versus Democrat etc; […]

Gov. Richardson speaks to lawmakers

SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson delivered the 2008 State of the State address Tuesday to a joint-session of the Legislature. The address kicked off the 30-day session. Here are his prepared remarks, as released by his press office: Lt. Governor Denish, Speaker Ben Lujan, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, Chief Justice Ed Chavez […]