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TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act requires you to maintain basic health care coverage, called minimum essential coverage. If you don't have minimum essential coverage you may have to pay a fee for each month you are not covered. If you're using any of the following health plans, you have the minimum essential coverage required by the health care reform law. Unless you're considering other health coverage, you don't need to take any action at this time.... more

TRICARE for Life

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TRICARE For Life (TFL) is Medicare wraparound coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, regardless of age or place of residence. With TFL, you have the freedom to seek care from any Medicare-participating or nonparticipating provider, or at a military hospital or clinic on a space-available basis. Enrollment is not required, but you must pay Medicare Part B premiums. TFL is available worldwide, in... more

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

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If you are a servicemember, retiree, or dependent, DEERS registration is the key to getting your TRICARE benefits eligibility established. DEERS is a computerized database of military sponsors, families and others worldwide who are entitled under the law to TRICARE benefits. The following overview will assist you in registering for DEERS and verifying and updating your DEERS information. Registration in DEERS Verifying and Updating... more

TRICARE Benefits Overview

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Do you understand your TRICARE benefits? Do you know if you are enrolled in the TRICARE coverage plan that best suits your family's needs? Are you completely confused by all the TRICARE coverage options, co-pays, deductibles, and acronyms? If so you are not alone, our surveys have found that most servicemembers and their families are confused by TRICARE. The fact is, TRICARE is an enormous and very complex health care system. We can help cla... more

TRICARE Vision Benefits

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TRICARE offers limited vision benefits depending on your beneficiary status and what type of TRICARE coverage you have. Medically necessary vision benefits are available under all TRICARE plans. Basic Vision Benefit for Active Duty Family Members: Active duty family members are eligible for one comprehensive ophthalmological eye examination per calendar year. The services are provided by TRICARE-authorized optometrists or ophthalmologists, ... more

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