Don't Forget to Update DEERS 10/8/2014 The lives of service members and their families are full of transitions. Whether it's permanent change of station moves, retiring, going from Reserve status to active duty or something else, the one constant is change. The good news is that your TRICARE coverage can stick with you through these life changes, but you do have to make sure that your records in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) are up to date with your latest life events. This means you should keep all your personal information - address, duty status, phone numbers, and email addresses - up to date. It's important to review DEERS as soon as possible whenever you move or experience one of the following life events: * * Activation * * Deactivation * * Separation or retirement * * Becoming Medicare eligible Changing your contact information in DEERS is easy and can be done online at milConnect ( <http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect> www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect), by fax or mail, or in person at the nearest uniformed services identification (ID) card office. One thing you can't update yourself in DEERS is your duty status - only your Service can make those updates. Whenever you have a change in your duty status, check DEERS to make sure it's accurate. You can find your nearest ID card offices online with the RAPIDS Site Locator at <http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/> www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/. Other life events that can affect your TRICARE eligibility and require you to update DEERS include: * * Marriage or divorce * * Birth or adoption of a child * * Change in a student's full-time enrollment status Many DEERS updates require supporting documentation, including: marriage, birth, or death certificates, Medicare cards and Social Security Administration notification letters and orders or DD Forms214/discharge orders. A list of required documentation for various types of updates is available at <http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/> www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/. Make sure to review the list and bring the appropriate documents with you, or you may not be able to make the updates you need. For more information on how to update DEERS information, go to <http://www.tricare.mil/DEERS> www.tricare.mil/DEERS. SOURCE: TRICARE News Release @ http://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/10_08_14_UpdateDE ERS.aspx Transition from TRICARE to Your New Health Plan with the Continued Health Care Benefit Program 10/7/2014 As you transition from the military, you must continue to have health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. You may find other coverage options by going through a marketplace, have employer sponsored coverage, or get coverage from a family member. You may also find subsidized coverage options through federal or state programs based on income, family size, or state of residence. TRICARE offers the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP) to help ensure you can maintain health care coverage. CHCBP is a premium-based health care program that acts as a bridge for beneficiaries transitioning from military health benefits to a new civilian health plan. Former active duty service members and their families are eligible for 18 months of CHCBP. Certain unremarried former spouses, unmarried and emancipated children are eligible for coverage for 36 months. CHCBP is modeled after Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage, which gives civilian workers and their families access to continued health benefits under their group health plan for a limited time. CHCBP covers the same health care services as other TRICARE programs and uses existing TRICARE-authorized providers. It is structured like TRICARE Standard, with reduced cost-shares for using TRICARE network providers. Beneficiaries must purchase and enroll in CHCBP within 60 days of losing TRICARE eligibility. If you were previously enrolled in a premium-based plan, like TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Young Adult, your coverage must be current to qualify for CHCBP when that coverage ends. To enroll, eligible beneficiaries must submit several required documents to the CHCBP contractor, currently Humana Military: * * CHCBP Application (DD Form 2837) * * Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) * * Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173). You must submit these documents with the premium payment for the first quarter of coverage. You can find the most recent premium payments at www.tricare.mil/CHCBP <http://www.tricare.mil/CHCBP> . For more information about CHCBP, download the Continued Health Care Benefit Program Brochure <http://www.tricare.mil/~/media/Files/TRICARE/Publications/BrochuresFlyers/CHCBP _Brochure.pdf> , Continued Health Care Benefit Program Fact Sheet <http://www.tricare.mil/~/media/Files/TRICARE/Publications/FactSheets/CHCBP_FS.p df> or call 1-800-403-3950. 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