I have been asked by several Brothers about the changes to TRICARE insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The following is a summary of the changes.
TRICARE Retiree Dental
Effective October 1, 2013, all TRICARE Retirees Dental Program beneficiaries will be required to pay their monthly premiums by Electronic Funds Transfer or through military pay allotments. The ability to pay premiums by check or through an online bill pay system will end in September. Most TRPD enrollees will need to take no action; however, Delta Dental sent letters to all TRPD participants on July 19, 2013 with information on where to submit EFT authorization forms and how to submit an EFT authorization forms and how to send EFT authorization on line at www.trpd.com.
In February TRICARE started a one-year pilot program requiring TFL beneficiaries to switch to home delivery for name brand maintenance medication refills. During the transition period, the program allowed for two courtesy retail pharmacy fills before being charged full price. Now that change is two months into the program, those who have not converted to home delivery yet may be subject to having to pay full price with their next attempted retail refill. If you are a TFL beneficiary and have not done so already, it is strongly recommended that you switch to home delivery to avoid unnecessary charges. For more information or to switch, call 1-877-363-1303.
FYI: In keeping with its long time policy of supporting the military, Sears not only saves an employee’s position while on active duty but also pays the difference between the military salary and Sears salary. In addition, it maintains health benefits for both the employee and the family while the employee is on active duty. Not many companies have a policy like this. Please keep this in mind when you are doing your Christmas shopping and let them know why you are shopping there.
This is a tough time of year to be away from home. Please remember all our military in your prayers. If you know someone on active duty make sure to send them a card. Many parishes maintain a list of parishioners with their addresses.
Have a Happy and Holy Christmas and a healthy New Year. God Bless America.