TRICARE covers screenings

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Nearly 12 million Americans are living today, after being told they have cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s as many people who live in the state of Ohio. Due to medical advances, the word “cancer” is no longer a death sentence. […]

Foods can prevent colon cancer

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. However, instead of providing the same boring facts about colon cancer awareness, below are the top five foods that help prevent this disease. The American Cancer Society lists colon cancer as the third most common cancer in American men and women. […]

Anniversaries — March 6

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Butler Charles and Verna Butler of Clovis celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on March 2, 2011. [image #2, align=left, size=right] The couple was married March 2, 1956, in Phoenix. The couple has two children and three grandchildren He is retired from the U.S. Air Force and from Holland’s Printshop in Clovis. [image #1, align=left, size=right] […]

Military charities see green when you ‘go green’

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — TRICARE West Region beneficiaries can assist military families and help save the environment with a simple click of a mouse. Through March when a TRICARE beneficiary chooses to “Go Green” and opts-in for paperless statements, TriWest will contribute $5 to one of the following military support organizations: […]

Sign, click, submit: TRICARE enrollment process streamlined

By Mike Walbert: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Enrolling into the TRICARE West Region now has the feel and ease of signing a credit card transaction at the market or department store. TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the Department of Defense contractor that manages TRICARE for the 21-state West Region, has rolled out electronic signature pads to […]

TRICARE new: Risk factors for cervical cancer can be common

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — You may have heard that a virus called HPV is a risk factor for cervical cancer, but did you know taking birth control pills can be one too? While the best way to survive cervical cancer is to catch it early by screening regularly with a pap […]

TRICARE Prime enrollment fees can be paid online

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Would you like to set up online, automatic payments for your TRICARE enrollment fees and never worry about a late or missed payment? Need to make a one-time, last-minute TRICARE enrollment fee payment? Either way, the tools you need are online at TriWest’s ePay site, www.triwest.com/ePay. ePay, […]

TRICARE referrals can be easy to obtain

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Has your primary care manager (PCM) decided that you need to see a specialist? Getting the care you need is just four simple steps away: • Get a referral: If you are a TRICARE Prime beneficiary who needs specialty medical care, you’ll need to get your PCM […]

TRICARE: Recognizing types of emergencies beneficial

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — When sickness or injury strikes, servicemembers and their families may save money by knowing the difference between emergency and urgent care. Understanding when something constitutes an emergency, or what to do if you need urgent care after-hours, could help you avoid longer waits and out-of-pocket costs. Emergency […]

Flu shots offered through TRICARE

PHOENIX — If nine out of 10 people who played the lottery actually won, who wouldn’t want to try their chances? When it comes to flu shots, it’s the same odds. Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a seasonal flu shot, don’t get the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

TRICARE: Family first to notice signs of distress

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Your service member recently returned from a deployment. And you noticed some changes. Some may be part of the “new normal.” But others you wonder about: bursts of anger, withdrawal from friends and family, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much. Should you brush it off as just […]

TRICARE: Take measures to manage other coverages

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — OHI: If you don’t know what that means, and you have a private health insurer, you could end up with a claims mess. OHI stands for Other Health Insurance. This is any health insurance you receive, beyond TRICARE, through an employer or individual plan. Exceptions to this […]

TRICARE: It takes strength…to quit

By Diane Mayer: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX

TriWest: Encourage prostate testing

By Shari Lopatin and Diane Mayer: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Besides skin cancer, prostate is the most common form of cancer in men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2009, the National Cancer Institute estimated that nearly 200,000 men were newly diagnosed. That’s more than 500 men every day. […]

TRICARE explains high blood pressure

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. And, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Stroke Association. The relationship between the two […]

TRICARE explains HIPAA

PHOENIX — Whether you access your health care through TRICARE or a private health insurance plan, you’ve probably had to sign a HIPAA form every time you filled out paperwork at your doctor’s office. Do you know why? What exactly is HIPAA, and what does it mean for you? HIPAA is shorthand for the Health […]

Go paperless with TRICARE

By Mike Walbert: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — We’ve all been there before: staring at stacks of junk mail and paper statements piled up in our mailbox or on our kitchen table. Did you know you can successfully manage your TRICARE benefits without sorting through thick piles of papers? When you “Go Green” with TriWest […]

Special needs families have services available

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — TRICARE beneficiaries who have family members with special needs now have access to unique services within the TRICARE program. The most important service is the TRICARE Extended Care Health Option, or ECHO. To be eligible for ECHO, a family must first enroll into its service branch’s Exceptional […]

Vaccine could protect against cervical cancer

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Cancer prevention comes in many forms; a healthy lifestyle, vaccines and routine screenings. All involve your ability to make healthy choices, but TRICARE makes those choices even easier by covering a vaccine that protects against cervical cancer, as well as routine screenings for early detection. According to […]

TRICARE tools tame tax time

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it: Tax season is here. Do you see yourself digging through piles of paper looking for last year’s forms and receipts? There’s a better way — TRICARE West Region beneficiaries can find TRICARE out-of-pocket costs online […]