TRICARE reminds military families that preventative care is just as important for successfully treating any illness, and developing healthy habits and are essential to maintaining a healthy military lifestyle.
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TRICARE Covers Preventative Care

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It's common for military service members to seek health care for themselves or other military family members when there is something medically wrong. But TRICARE reminds military families that preventative care is just as important for successfully treating any illness, and developing healthy habits and are essential to maintaining a healthy military lifestyle.

To that end, TRICARE is supporting service members in their efforts to stay healthy by lowering the cost of preventative medical services in the TRICARE Standard beneficiary program.

As of September 2009, TRICARE eliminated cost sharing for services such as cancer screenings, well care visits, and immunizations. This comprehensive list details the cost-share free screenings available to TRICARE Standard military beneficiaries:

TRICARE PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING

Men above the age of 40 are strongly encouraged to seek annual prostate exams and prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests.

TRICARE BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS

Annual mammograms and breast exams for women over 40 are covered by TRICARE. Women younger than 40 with breast cancer in their families are encouraged to talk to their doctors about physical exams. Sexually active women from ages 18 and above are encouraged to take cervical cancer-screening Pap tests and pelvic exams. These tests are especially encouraged for smokers, who are at higher risk.

TRICARE COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENINGS

Colon exams for service members age 40 and above are covered by TRICARE. In addition, it is recommended that military beneficiaries 50 and older get fecal occult blood testing annually. The time frame should be: every three to five years for your proctosigmoidoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, and every ten years for your colonoscopy. Early screenings are recommended for younger beneficiaries with a family history of colorectal cancer.

TRICARE WELL-CHILD CARE

Start healthy habits young.TRICARE well-child benefit covers routine care for children up to age six. TRICARE covered well-child visits include disease prevention exams, health promotion exams, immunizations, developmental diagnoses, and four eye exams -at birth, six months old, and two between the ages of 3 and 6.

TRICARE IMMUNIZATIONS

All immunizations recommended by the CDCP are covered for TRICARE beneficiaries. This includes routine immunizations such as measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-pertussis-tuberculosis, chicken pox (varicella), flu, H1N1. Non-routine immunizations for shingles and human papillomavirus (HPV) are also included. In most cases, TRICARE approved immunizations are be given at an authorized network provider's office, but there are some exceptions such as seasonal flu, H1N1, and pneumonia vaccines. Military service members with TRICARE retail pharmacy benefit can now receive these vaccines from retail network pharmacies without having to pay out of pocket.

To find administering location for seasonal flu, H1N1 flu or pneumonia vaccines, call your local TRICARE retail network pharmacy to find out if the vaccine is in stock. Find a participating retail network pharmacy by calling Express Scripts at 877-363-1303.

As military, you are encouraged to practice preventative care by visiting your health care professional and know that TRICARE is there to cover the costs. Because it's never too late to start treating yourself and your family to a healthy military life.



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