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  • JB Charleston closes gates, remains in HURCON 1

    The current track for Hurricane Dorian is expected to bring the storm close to JB Charleston, with largest effect expected the morning of Sept. 5.
  • FEDVIP is coming: Get to know dental and vision plans today

    The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Beginning in 2019, dental and vision plans will be available through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program.
  • TRICARE extends referral waiver to Sept. 30 for North Carolina and South Carolina patients affected by Hurricane Florence

    To continue assisting TRICARE patients in North Carolina and South Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the Defense Health Agency has extended until Sept. 30 its provider referral waivers. TRICARE patients in these states may continue to see providers in any location without a referral from their primary care provider until Sept. 30.
  • Air Force hosts EFMP summit for exceptional family members

    Being the parent of a child with asthma, cancer, autism or any other life-threatening or chronic condition is often a difficult journey that requires patience and sacrifice.
  • TRICARE announces temporary suspension of physician referrals for beneficiaries affected by Hurricane Florence

    The Defense Health Agency announced TRICARE beneficiaries under mandatory evacuation orders in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia may see a provider in any location without a referral from their primary care provider due to the impact of Hurricane Florence. The waiver applies to beneficiaries in approximately 40 counties where state governors have ordered evacuations as Florence approaches.
  • Secure Messaging makes communicating with your Air Force doctor simple

    In today’s connected world, we expect most communication to be convenient and instantaneous. Why should communicating with your health provider be any different? That is why the Air Force Medical Service offers a secure messaging platform for patients and families to communicate safely and quickly with their providers.
  • FEDVIP brings vision coverage to TRICARE beneficiaries

    Only half of the 61 million U.S. adults who are at high risk for serious vision loss visited an eye doctor in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eye exams can help keep your vision strong, diagnose potential issues early, and prevent diseases that may lead to vision loss or blindness.
  • Active Duty? Enroll to continue TRICARE coverage after retirement

    Retiring from active duty, whether a medical retirement or a regular retirement, is a significant life event. You should know before you retire which TRICARE programs best suit your and your family’s needs.
  • Nerve Scrambler Therapy lessens pain for warfighters, Tricare patients

    At first glance, Nerve Scrambler Therapy is a name that some might confuse with an experimental, avant-garde rock band from the 1970s. Think The Velvet Underground, Electric Light Orchestra or Grand Funk Railroad. In reality, NST is one of the 79th Medical Wing’s most cutting edge methods for managing chronic and debilitative nerve pain that impacts warfighters’ job performance and long-term quality of life.
  • MDG commander battles breast cancer with the help of Tricare

    “I knew my life was going to change, I knew I was not in control, and that’s what scared me the most.” These are the thoughts that ran through Col. Theresa Medina’s mind as she was notified that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Milestone changes coming to TRICARE

    TRICARE beneficiaries will soon have increased access to health care through key changes that are set to take place in January 2018. With the benefit set to undergo some of the biggest improvements in more than two decades, beneficiaries will be able to take command of their health care through expanded choices. These improvements include wider access to network providers, updated enrollment to reduce disruptions in care and simplified co-payments.
  • Air Force psychologist considers social media’s role in suicide prevention

    Social media connects us to more people than ever before, but these contacts may not be the type that help build resiliency. Strong interpersonal connections play a critical role in suicide prevention. Used correctly, social media can be an important tool in the suicide prevention toolbox for commanders, friends, and family.
  • Be there, be aware: Help prevent suicide

    When we focus on our health, it’s easy to pay attention to physical health versus mental well-being. Ignoring mental health concerns like anxiety and depression can lead to worsening symptoms and more serious issues. For some people, these issues may include an increased risk of suicide.
  • TRICARE Announces Emergency Prescription Refills for Beneficiaries in Puerto Rico Impacted by Hurricane Irma

    The Defense Health Agency today announced TRICARE beneficiaries in Puerto Rico may receive emergency prescription refills. The governor of Puerto Rico has declared a State of Emergency for all counties due to Hurricane Irma.
  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 22

    On this look Around the Air Force the new Space Operations Directorate has achieved operating capability, the Pathfinder Initiative protects cyberspace assets, and starting Sept. 1st, 2017, the Express Scripts Tricare pharmacy home delivery program begins.
  • Annual consent for automatic prescription refills begins Sept. 1

    Beginning Sept. 1, 2017, Express Scripts will need annual consent from patients who want to receive automatic refills of their maintenance medications enrolled in TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery. This means that just before one of your prescriptions runs out of refills, Express Scripts will reach out to you to know if you would like your doctor to be contacted to renew the prescription and if you’d like to continue in the Automatic Refill program. If not, Express Scripts will not refill your prescription.
  • TRICARE changes to Nexium coverage

    Starting June 28, the drug Nexium will no longer be a TRICARE preferred, or formulary, drug. This means it will no longer be available in military pharmacies, and you will pay more if you get it through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a retail network pharmacy.
  • TRICARE continues to expand coverage

    Effective in early December, TRICARE will expand coverage to include the care and treatment of beneficiaries requiring an auditory osseointegrated implant (AOI) to non-active-duty family members, and we will also cover the services and supplies needed to diagnose and treat illness or injury of the urinary system.
  • TRICARE to expand preventive service coverage

    TRICARE has always had excellent coverage of important preventive services and they are making it better. TRICARE is adding preventive services to ensure alignment with recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s guidelines. Effective Jan.1, 2017, TRICARE will cover
  • Hurricane Matthew affecting TRICARE beneficiaries in several areas

    As Hurricane Matthew moves north, several areas where TRICARE beneficiaries live are being affected. All updates about blanket referral waivers and emergency prescription refills will be posted on TRICARE’s website.As beneficiaries are evacuated, primary care manager referral requirements may be waived, and emergency prescription refill actions are
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