TRICARE Authorizes Referral Waivers for Hurricane Victims

 

TRICARE, the Department of Defense (DOD) managed health care program for active duty service members and their families, retirees and their families, and survivors, has authorized blanket referral waivers for beneficiaries who have been displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Mental health counselors in these areas will be able to provide services without physician referral.  The blanket referral waivers allow beneficiaries to get care from any TRICARE authorized provider for limited time frames. It does not affect co-pays, costs-shares of deductibles.

 

Waivers are in effect for certain ZIP codes and have a variety of expiration dates. Beneficiaries can refer to a regional map to see if they live in an area covered by the waiver or can look up their individual ZIP code to verify coverage at www.tricare.osd.mil/Rita/RitaZip.cfm.

 

Humana Military Healthcare Services, the Southern Region TRICARE contactor, will make recommendations on any extensions for the waivers.

 

TRICARE also extended the suspension of pharmacy co-pays. The suspension of pharmacy co-pays will continue through October 31, 2005, for beneficiaries affected by the hurricanes.

 

Beneficiaries seeking information about TRICARE benefits may call any of the regional contactors:

 

            Humana Military Healthcare Services (Southern Region):
               1-800-444-5445

            HealthNet (Northern Region): 1-877-874-2273

            TRiWest (Western Region): 1-888-874-9378

 

Information on benefits can also be found on TRICARE’s website at www.tricare.osd.mil/katrina

 

TRICARE beneficiaries are urged to call the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System Support Office to update family member information and address changes to maintain access to TRICARE benefits and to expedite claims processing.

 

For more information, contact Beth Powell at AMHCA at 800-326-2642, ext. 105 or by e-mail at \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. href="mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Brian Altman of ACA can be reached at 800-347-6647, ext. 242 or by e-mail at \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. href="mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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