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Pre-deployment checklist includes TRICARE


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Getting your family’s affairs in order during your pre-deployment days can be hectic, to say the least. With so much going on, it can be easy to overlook your TRICARE benefit — but don’t worry. Making sure your family has healthcare coverage while you’re deployed is as easy as it is important. Just follow these steps and you’re good to go.

Make sure your spouse has access to all necessary records, including a copy of your orders. If your spouse will need access to your medical records, you will need to prepare an Authorization to Disclose form.

Make sure that your family’s DEERS records are current, and show your spouse how to make changes in DEERS.

Check your family’s identification cards and replace any that will expire while you’re deployed before you leave. Your family cannot access your TRICARE benefit without current ID cards.

Make sure your spouse knows the basics of your TRICARE coverage.

Encourage your spouse or child’s guardian to attend a mobilization briefing or Family Readiness Group meeting in their area.

Make a list of your healthcare contact numbers:

• Your primary care manager/family physician

• A nearby emergency room

• A beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinator

• TriWest, your regional contractor:

• Online at Registered users can find answers, check status of claims, authorizations and referrals and track expenses.

• 1-888-TRIWEST (874-9378)

Review your family’s TRICARE plan so they know how to properly access care and fill prescriptions.


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