How TRICARE beneficiaries get medicine is about to change

TRICARE beneficiaries will be required to refill select maintenance medications through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or at a military pharmacy – or pay the full price at retail – beginning Oct 1. The FY15 defense bill expanded the pilot to encompass all TRICARE beneficiaries, with the exception of those on active duty, those with other health insurance that provide drug coverage, or those who live overseas.

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U.S. Marine wins compensation for Okinawa toxin exposure

The U.S. government has awarded compensation to an ailing former marine at the center of allegations that Agent Orange was dumped on Marine Corps Air Base Futenma in Okinawa. The presiding judge based the decision on evidence including medical reports, statements and photographs of barrels being removed from the ground. The marine is the first veteran known to have won compensation for such exposure on Futenma.

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Complementary Health Practices for U.S. Military, Veterans and Families

Many military personnel and veterans experience chronic pain, a condition that can be debilitating and is often difficult to treat. Some turn to complementary and integrative health approaches in an effort to enhance the options for the management of pain and associated problems. Two National Institute of Health web pages provide resources and information on health conditions of special concern to military, veterans, and their families; and on the complementary and integrative health practices being studied for this population.

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http://1.usa.gov/1J94M5C

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http://1.usa.gov/1MP0mQs

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Operation Live Well

The Defense Department’s Operation Live Well program has assembled a set of resources to help individuals adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle. The program supports the long-term health and vitality of our nation’s military personnel, their families, retirees, and civilians. This month (August) is Preventive Health Month. The focus is on encouraging the community to become more proactive in protecting their health.

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http://1.usa.gov/1HM7kl5

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http://1.usa.gov/1Et3oW0

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Webinar to Discuss Health Care Options When TRICARE Eligibility Ends

TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to discuss health care options available to TRICARE beneficiaries once they are no longer eligible for any TRICARE health plan coverage. It’s important to know what these options are so that you will continue to meet the health care requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The webinar is Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at noon EST.

Registration is limited due to system capacity. Read more and access a link to register:

http://1.usa.gov/1DTjaP3

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Military Health System Administrator Speaks on Recent Progress

David Bowen, director of the Health Information Directorate for the Defense Health Agency and chief information officer for Military Health System (MHS) recently addressed progress made in the MHS at a Health Summit in Washington, D.C. MHS is focusing on real-time computer technology, personal health devices, better software and telemedicine as a future treatment option to improve the patient’s experience.

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Military Veterans Perspective on Living with Multiple Myeloma

Learn more about how veterans with multiple myeloma deal with the disease and how they navigate the VA and other agencies to optimize their resources. An IMF tele-conference for myeloma veterans is scheduled for Thursday, September 17th at 7 PM EST.

Read more about the teleconference and speakers, and register at:

vetperspectives.myeloma.org

 

 

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Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will start the  process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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http://1.usa.gov/1IwiD2g

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TRICARE Issues for Patients Traveling in the United States.

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, it’s important to know that TRICARE is portable and travels with you wherever you go. You should receive all routine care and get your prescriptions filled before traveling. With routine care complete, your only health care concern should be urgent or emergency care. Your key source of info is TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Congress OKs funding shift to keep VA hospitals open

Veterans Affairs Department officials will get the budget help they need to avoid facility shutdowns in August after the Senate approved a last-minute deal Thursday. The move comes a day after House lawmakers overwhelmingly backed the plan and about a week after VA Secretary Bob McDonald warned Congress that health care for tens of thousands of veterans could be disrupted without a budget fix.

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