TRICARE beneficiaries encouraged to review new dietary guidelines

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — New dietary guidelines released by officials from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture urge Americans to increase physical activity, reduce sodium intake, choose foods that provide more potassium and opt for water instead of soft drinks. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are issued […]

Sign, click, submit: TRICARE enrollment process streamlined

By Mike Walbert: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Enrolling into the TRICARE West Region now has the feel and ease of signing a credit card transaction at the market or department store. TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the Department of Defense contractor that manages TRICARE for the 21-state West Region, has rolled out electronic signature pads to […]

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 […]

TRICARE new: Risk factors for cervical cancer can be common

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — You may have heard that a virus called HPV is a risk factor for cervical cancer, but did you know taking birth control pills can be one too? While the best way to survive cervical cancer is to catch it early by screening regularly with a pap […]

TRICARE Prime enrollment fees can be paid online

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Would you like to set up online, automatic payments for your TRICARE enrollment fees and never worry about a late or missed payment? Need to make a one-time, last-minute TRICARE enrollment fee payment? Either way, the tools you need are online at TriWest’s ePay site, www.triwest.com/ePay. ePay, […]

TRICARE benefits follow students on winter break

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — With winter break approaching, many college students will visit family or friends. Making sure their TRICARE benefits follow them during holiday travel is a simple process. To avoid higher out-of-pocket costs and point-of-service charges, students should get care before heading home or elsewhere for the winter break. […]

TRICARE referrals can be easy to obtain

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Has your primary care manager (PCM) decided that you need to see a specialist? Getting the care you need is just four simple steps away: • Get a referral: If you are a TRICARE Prime beneficiary who needs specialty medical care, you’ll need to get your PCM […]

TRICARE: Recognizing types of emergencies beneficial

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — When sickness or injury strikes, servicemembers and their families may save money by knowing the difference between emergency and urgent care. Understanding when something constitutes an emergency, or what to do if you need urgent care after-hours, could help you avoid longer waits and out-of-pocket costs. Emergency […]

Flu shots offered through TRICARE

PHOENIX — If nine out of 10 people who played the lottery actually won, who wouldn’t want to try their chances? When it comes to flu shots, it’s the same odds. Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a seasonal flu shot, don’t get the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

TRICARE: Family first to notice signs of distress

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Your service member recently returned from a deployment. And you noticed some changes. Some may be part of the “new normal.” But others you wonder about: bursts of anger, withdrawal from friends and family, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much. Should you brush it off as just […]

TRICARE: Take measures to manage other coverages

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — OHI: If you don’t know what that means, and you have a private health insurer, you could end up with a claims mess. OHI stands for Other Health Insurance. This is any health insurance you receive, beyond TRICARE, through an employer or individual plan. Exceptions to this […]

TRICARE unveils new website design

American Forces Press Service A new website design at www.tricare.mil gives beneficiaries a faster, more personalized way to get the TRICARE information they need. The redesign includes improvements to the profile entry field, as well as new sections such as “New to TRICARE,” “Crisis Center” and “Quick Links.” The improved profile entry feature makes it […]

TRICARE: It takes strength…to quit

By Diane Mayer: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX

TRICARE implements formulary search tool

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Beneficiaries and providers can use the new TRICARE formulary search tool to find the most up-to-date information about prescription medications. Located at http://pec.ha.osd.mil/formulary_search.php, the new formulary search tool allows beneficiaries to easily find which medicines are in the uniform formulary. These are available at all full-service military […]

Employers barred from offering incentives to use TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their cafeteria-style health insurance options so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-taxed dollars. The change took effect June 18 under a final rule published by […]

TRICARE offers travel tips

By Brian P. Smith TriWest Healthcare Alliance Whether you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is here to keep you medically covered. Take a few steps now to help make sure your coverage remains constant during your travels. Keep DEERS ppdated No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting […]

TRICARE explains high blood pressure

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. And, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Stroke Association. The relationship between the two […]

TRICARE explains HIPAA

PHOENIX — Whether you access your health care through TRICARE or a private health insurance plan, you’ve probably had to sign a HIPAA form every time you filled out paperwork at your doctor’s office. Do you know why? What exactly is HIPAA, and what does it mean for you? HIPAA is shorthand for the Health […]

Go paperless with TRICARE

By Mike Walbert: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — We’ve all been there before: staring at stacks of junk mail and paper statements piled up in our mailbox or on our kitchen table. Did you know you can successfully manage your TRICARE benefits without sorting through thick piles of papers? When you “Go Green” with TriWest […]