- Category: Professional Advocacy
- Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 21:52
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
Beneficiaries seeking information about TRICARE benefits may call any of the regional contactors:
Humana Military Healthcare Services (Southern Region):
HealthNet (Northern Region): 1-877-874-2273
TRiWest (Western Region): 1-888-874-9378
Information on benefits can also be found on TRICAREs 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