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Tricare, VA Medical and Reynolds Updates

Notes from Briefing on OCT 20 about Federal Benefits by Charles Newsome 

FEDVIP Open enrollment Dates Nov 12 - Dec 10. 

RACH will continue to do things for Retirees and their families such as lab work, pharmacy, X-Ray, and Mammograms.  

There will not be any changes to Tricare for Life for Medical care.  

There are changes for those under the age of 65 and plans should be made before the cutoff date or benefits will go away for one year.  

Tricare Standard is now termed Tricare Select.  

Audiology is under a special Program.  

Vision Plans:  Medicare will continue to pay for eye exams and cataract surgery or eye care for eye diseases but not for glasses. 

Dental - Currently, only 100% disabled are able to use the VA Dental.  There’s no automatic transition into a new dental plan once TRDP ends. For 2019 dental coverage, retirees and their family members must take action to enroll in a FEDVIP plan. All beneficiaries eligible for TRDP are eligible for FEDVIP dental coverage. Visit the FEDVIP website for dental plan options.  

Former Spouses will not receive any eye or dental plan coverage.  

Suggested plan of action:

  • Make sure your DEERS information is updated.     
  • PRE-REGISTER at FEDVIP and create your account BEFORE 12 NOV at www.benefeds/com or call 1-877-888-3337.
  • Enrollment will be at the Truman Education Center from 1000-1200 on Mon, Wed, and Fri and and at BLDG. 4301 Wilson Street Rooms 1H137 and 1H138 (South Entrance) from 1000-1200 on Tuesday and Thursday.  

Attend our Chapter's MOAA Luncheon on 14 NOV to hear more about these programs and the new changes at RACH VA Center for Retirees.  Mr. Newsome will address Tricare, Dental and Vision and Dave Rollins will address VA Clinic improvements at Ft Sill.  Cost is $12 for lunch.

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