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About Healthcare Coverage for Military and Veteran Families
For those protecting our rights and freedoms by serving in the military, there's often nothing more important than the health and well-being of your family. Whether you're an active service member, a military veteran, or a military spouse, it’s critical to know what kinds of healthcare resources are available to you and your loved ones. Here are a few ways that you can find the answers you need to some of the most common healthcare-related questions.
Disclaimer: The advice provided in this article covers only a small number of questions that military and veteran families may have. If you’re looking for an answer to a question concerning any topic not seen here, please feel free to contact us.
Physical and mental health is important to both veterans and active duty service members. A range of healthcare programs are available to ensure adequate healthcare coverage for active or retired service members.
TRICARE is the military's health insurance program. Managed by the Defense Health Agency, the program provides comprehensive coverage for active and retired service members and their families. TRICARE covers:
TRICARE underwent a number of significant changes in 2018, with more still to occur in the years to come. Here's what has already changed and what you should watch out for:
TRICARE underwent numerous other changes this year that could affect military and veteran families. From copays and other cost changes to how you access urgent care, you can read more here.
The Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare or ACA) was created in 2010 to make healthcare more readily available and affordable. But while US healthcare as a whole saw many changes as a result of the ACA, TRICARE beneficiaries and veterans with Veterans Affairs health benefits are not affected; your benefits or your out-of-pocket costs won't change.
For more information, visit the Veterans Health Administration website here.
Military and veteran families can move frequently. Let your doctor or medical professional know as soon as you're able so that there are no interruptions in your healthcare coverage.
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