TRICARE Prime option available to young adults

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Military families have a new TRICARE Prime option for young adults without healthcare coverage. TRICARE Young Adult Prime gives eligible family members TRICARE Prime medical (and pharmacy) coverage with low out-of-pocket costs for a $201 monthly premium. Military family members who are not married, who have “aged out” […]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

Retroactive coverage closing for TRICARE Young Adult program

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The opportunity to purchase retroactive TRICARE Young Adult, or TYA, coverage expires on Sept. 30. Retroactive TYA provides coverage for young adults back to Jan 1, or the day they became eligible if that was after Jan 1. TYA allows eligible adult children to purchase TRICARE coverage […]

TRICARE young adult fees costly

Adult children of military members and retirees now can buy TRICARE health insurance coverage out to age 26, and that coverage can be purchased back to Jan. 1 this year. The cost is steep, however, with the premium set at $186 a month for coverage under the fee-for-service TRICARE Standard plan or the preferred provider […]

SGLI offers servicemembers low-cost coverage

By Maj. Tabitha Stump: Air and Space Expeditionary Force Casualty Matters RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Having insurance is always good and not spending a lot on the coverage is even better. So, getting $100,000 in traumatic injury life insurance coverage for $1 is great. The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection program […]

Oscar coverage is here

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TRICARE to extend dependent coverage to age 26

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — To ensure military families don’t get left out as the new national health care reform law extends parent’s health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new Young Adult Program by spring and to provide an option to make […]

Coverage extension comes at price

This spring, though an exact date is not yet set, TRICARE coverage will be made available to young adult military dependents out to the age 26, and that extra coverage will be available retroactively to Jan. 1 this year. But for this expansion in TRICARE coverage, by as much as three to five years, these […]

Insurance coverages vary for home-based businesses

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Insurance needs for a home-based business are not as different from a storefront business. However, there are areas that home-based business owners may overlook when considering insurance coverage. Many homeowner insurance policies will not automatically cover a home-based business. In fact, by operating a business in the home it can render a home […]

Retired Reserve health coverage launches

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — For the first time, members of the Retired Reserve who are not yet age 60, the so-called “gray area” retirees, can purchase TRICARE health coverage for themselves and their eligible family members with the Sept. 1 launch of TRICARE Retired Reserve. Retired reservists may qualify to purchase […]

Cutting doctor’s fees cause for concern

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lawmakers took steps this past week to put military people at ease over how TRICARE benefits will be protected and, for older children, how coverage likely will be expanded as the Obama administration implements the new national health care reform law. But Congress continued to take only clumsy temporary steps […]

Retiree dental coverage available for purchase

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. —Good oral health is an important part of maintaining overall health and a military retiree’s access to dental coverage doesn’t end when they hang up their uniform. With the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program, retired servicemembers can purchase affordable dental coverage for themselves and their eligible family members. The […]

U.S. hockey coverage overhyped

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Sunday was great for me — as a hockey fan, as a Ryan Miller fan and as an American. But calling it historic seems a little offsides. Yes, the United States’ 5-3 win, with Miller in net, sent ripples through Canada. The Vancouver Sun’s headline was, “Woe Canada.” On Monday, […]

Coverage can extend past spouses, children

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — One great thing about your TRICARE coverage is it not only extends to your spouse and children, but in some cases, also climbs up your family tree to dependent parents and parents-in-law. The process to register your parents or parents-in-law as dependents varies by service branch. The […]

Missing boy brought community together

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Six-year-old Matthew Roberts, son of Debbie and Geoff Roberts of 500 W. Christopher in Clovis, went missing on May 8, 1990. His disappearance sparked a massive search by residents and law enforcement officials that included approximately 5,000 people. The disappearance was given national television attention, massive media coverage and national […]

Bingaman to take part in finance committee round table on health care coverage

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday will take part in a Finance Committee roundtable to discuss expanding health care coverage. Also on Tuesday, Bingaman will chair an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on pending nominations, including that of New Mexican Michael Connor to be Commissioner of Reclamation (BOR) in the Department of Interior.

BINGAMAN: BILL TAKES MAJOR STEP TOWARD EXPANDING HEALTH COVERAGE TO N.M. CHILDREN

WASHINGTON – A bill U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman helped write to ensure that more New Mexicans could have access to health care cleared its first hurdle today. The Senate Finance Committee today approved legislation that reauthorizes the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) — the state/federal health care initiative crated in 1997 that covers millions […]

Reservists offered coverage

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance When National Guard or Reserve sponsors are not on active duty, they may be eligible for healthcare coverage by purchasing and enrolling in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS). TRICARE Reserve Select TRS includes medical and behavioral health coverage and access to TRICARE pharmacy benefits. TRS allows enrollees to choose […]

Voters have more than two Nov. 4 choices

Freedom New Mexico The Republicans want to give tax credits to individuals and families who choose to purchase health-care coverage. The Democrats want to force most business owners to provide health-care coverage to their employees. So yes, there is a clear difference between the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue, just as there are […]

Tornado stories wanted

Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado that ripped through eastern New Mexico. Our newsroom staffs are planning in-depth coverage in