TRICARE E-mail News
Week of August 25, 2008
TRICARE 9.2 beneficiaries now have an easy way to stay informed on the latest TRICARE news by e-mail.
A new electronic delivery system is up and running and subscribing is fast and secure by clicking on the "little red envelope"
at the TRICARE website
. Subscribers can choose alerts by topics or beneficiary category and delivery is safe and secure. Subscribers also have
a unique page they can manage 24/7 and they can choose to be notified as soon as news or benefit changes are posted, or select
daily, weekly or monthly updates.
Online TRICARE Enrollment
Week of July 21, 2008
TRICARE offers a convenient Beneficiary Web Enrollment (BWE) tool where beneficiaries can manage enrollment
and DEERS information online 24/7. Log on to the Beneficiary Web Enrollment
webpage to enroll in Prime, update personal information and request enrollment cards. Prime Remote active- duty servicemembers
and families can also choose primary care managers (PCM) through BWE. Log on through the common access card (CAC), Defense
Finance and Accounting Service "myPay" personal identification number (PIN), or family member account PIN, which is now called
DoD Self-service Logon Pin.
TRICARE "Backs" New Surgeries
Week of July 21, 2008
Percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, two minimally invasive back surgeries, are now covered under
TRICARE. Either may replace spinal fusion, an invasive surgical procedure, for treatment of fractured vertebrae. The policy
change is retroactive to March 1, 2007. Although minimally invasive, all surgeries come with risk and decisions need to be
consulted with a doctor. Approval must be obtained from a provider for either surgery. Beneficiaries with questions about
this procedure and its coverage under TRICARE should contact their primary care manager. Visit the TRICARE website
for this and other health care benefit information.
TRICARE Cuts Pharmacy Costs
Week of June 30, 2008
TRICARE is sending letters to its beneficiaries who receive regular maintenance prescriptions at network
retail pharmacies informing them of the savings they can experience with the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy (TMOP). One easy
call to the Member Choice Center (MCC) at (877)363-1433 can start home delivery. Beneficiaries can also register for TMOP at the Express Scripts
website. For more information about TMOP and other pharmacy programs. visit the TRICARE website
.Read the article on Military.com.
TRICARE Offers Free Courses
Week of May 12, 2008
For those who want a better understanding of the TRICARE benefit, TRICARE University is offering a free
online public course. No registration is required. From anywhere at any time, online "students" can learn about a wide range
of topics such as eligibility, medical benefits, TRICARE programs, pharmacy, dental, online resources, and TRICARE Reserve
Select (TRS). To learn and understand the benefit, log on to the TRICARE website
and click "online training" to select the TRICARE Public course. TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) is an additional selection
under the public course.
Getting Information from TRICARE
Week of April 14, 2008
TRICARE has many resources available for beneficiaries to access information about their benefits. Beneficiaries
should first contact their region or area offices toll-free at Health Net Federal Services, LLC (North Region), (877) 874?2273;
Humana Military Healthcare Services, Inc. (South Region), (800) 444?5445; TriWest Healthcare Alliance (West Region), (888)
874?9378; and TRICARE Overseas (Europe, Pacific, Latin America and Canada), (888) 777?8343 (toll-free from the U.S. and its
territories). Beneficiaries can find their nearest TRICARE Service Center by visiting the TRICARE contacts
webpage. To find a nearby Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator (BCAC), visit the BCAC Directory
. Watch a video on TRICARE Service Centers
To learn more about TRICARE, visit www.military.com/benefits/tricare
As a member of the military community, one of the most important benefits you've earned is comprehensive health care coverage.
TRICARE is the Department of Defense's health care program for members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors.
TRICARE also offers health care programs for retired servicemembers, including TRICARE Pharmacy, TRICARE Dental (United Concordia),
and TRICARE for Life.
With so many health care plans and programs, TRICARE can seem complicated. But it's really not that hard to understand
once you break it down. As with other types of insurance, the more you know about your coverage, the better equipped you'll
be to access your benefits.
The resources in this section will demystify TRICARE and help you choose the coverage plan that best fits your family's
The above links are to military.com's website information. For information directly from TRICARE, click the link