HEALTH & WELLNESS

Anthony 'Tony' Grimm

VFW Post 2485

Post Surgeon

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Serving as a USAF Medic for twenty years, then retiring, Tony worked for four years in a Paramedic Department at King Fisal Specialty and Research Center Jeddah Saudi Arabia. Tony has served with the VFW Post 2485 since 2014 as the Post Surgeon. Tony also assists retirees and their families when they need care at the Medical City Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City.

The Mission of the Health and Wellness department is to promote a healthy presence through proper mental, physical, spiritual, diet and attitude conditioning. It has been said that wellness is a state of complete harmony

of the body, mind and spirit.

 

When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.

Jun 22, 2020
Changes Coming Soon for Some TRICARE Select Retired Beneficiaries

 

Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, TRICARE Select Group A retired beneficiaries must pay monthly enrollment fees in order to maintain their TRICARE health coverage. This is a change, and the first time this beneficiary group will pay enrollment  fees.

“In 2021, some TRICARE beneficiaries will pay enrollment fees for the first time, a change mandated by Congress,” said Dr. Danita Hunter, director of the TRICARE Health Plan at the Defense Health Agency. “We’re communicating this well before the change is implemented so beneficiaries can be informed about the change, as well as their TRICARE plan and cost options.”

Here are the key points you need to know.

What’s happening?

Retired TRICARE Select beneficiaries will have to pay enrollment fees. This change was mandated by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year October 1 - September 30 2017. Congress granted the Defense Health Agency a delay in implementation to calendar year 2021.

Who’s impacted?

This change only affects Group A If you or your sponsor’s initial enlistment or appointment occurred before January 1, 2018, you are in Group A. retirees and their family members enrolled in TRICARE Select. You’re in Group A if your initial enlistment or appointment or that of your uniformed services sponsor began before Jan. 1, 2018. Active duty family members enrolled in TRICARE Select will experience no change, and won’t pay enrollment fees.

This applies to me. When do I need to take action?

You must set up a monthly allotment through your Department of Defense (DoD) pay center, where feasible, for your monthly payments to start on Jan. 1, 2021. For sponsors who don’t receive funds through a DoD pay center, you can establish payments via electronic funds transfer, credit card, or debit card. Your regional contractor (SOS) will soon issue instructions to set up payment.

What are the 2021 enrollment fees for TRICARE Select Group A retirees?

The enrollment fees will be collected via monthly installments from the sponsor’s military pay system where retired pay is disbursed.

·        Individual plan: $12.50 per month

·        Family plan: $25 per month

How can I stay informed and prepare for this change?

Visit the TRICARE Select Enrollment Fees page on the TRICARE website for updates and sign up for email alerts. TRICARE will inform you of specific actions you need to take in the coming months. Take command of your health and your health care benefits in 2020.

Last Updated 6/23/2020

Don't forget to keep your family's information up-to-date in DEERS.

 

RAO COMMENTS: This is a change in name only. They are now calling this an enrollment fee. Currently it is called a deductable. With this “change” you will be required to pay on a monthly basis up front. Currently you pay the deductable when you use TRICARE, either when you use the service, and pay the provider upfront and the deductable is subtracted, or when you seek reimbursement for your payment, It is deducted from your reimbursement. The amount is exactly the same for the deductable as the enrollment. The only true change is effective 2021, you will pay “enrollment fee’s” whether you use the service or not. Your cost share is not changing in conjunction with this announcement, but there is an indication the catastrophic cap will increase to $3500.00. TRICARE for LIFE, is a TRICARE SELECT program. So this is also effective for those in that program.

As soon as the enrollment period for the allotments or other methods of payment are announced we will publish them. It will likely be an allotment you can start via “MYPAY” through DFAS. You may be well advised to ensure your “MYPAY” account is in a valid status now, to forego any problems when the enrollment period begins. Here is some additional guidance from the TRICARE SELECT ENROLLMENT FEES WEBSITE “ 

 

What Do I Need to Do?

Later this summer, you’ll be asked to set up a monthly enrollment fee premium payment. If you:

·        Get your retirement or other pay from a military pay center, then you’ll pay your TRICARE Select fees via a monthly allotment.

·        Don’t get your retired pay through a military pay center, then you’ll pay your fees by a recurring credit or debit card transaction. You can also pay your monthly fees though electronic funds transfer (EFT). Your EFT must be from a U.S. bank.

What Happens if I Don’t Take Action?

You’ll be disenrolled from TRICARE Select for failure to pay enrollment fees on Jan. 1, 2021. You’ll have 90 days from your last paid through date to request reinstatement. You must contact your regional contractor to request reinstatement.

 

1.  If you are currently enrolled in TRICARE Prime, you should contact SOS to change your enrollment category. You are not qualified at this time for TRICARE in the Philippines. (Google TRICARE SOS for the toll free contact number). If you are not sure of the category you are enrolled in, or not sure if you are enrolled in TRICARE at all, please contact SOS to check or change.

2.  To make changes to your DEERS account you should go to the MILCONNECT Website.

3.  It is anticipated there will be questions/comments regarding this announcement. You should direct them to SOS. We are simply the messenger. Non constructive comments on email will not be forwarded to SOS and will be deleted. Thank you for your service and sacrifices and please stay safe!

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