[HEALTH.MIL] Endometriosis Awareness Month & TRICARE Young Adult Offers a Variety of Healthcare Options for Young Adults

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  • Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:54:48 -0500

Endometriosis Awareness Month 


More than 5 million women are affected by endometriosis in the United States,
according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This illness is
one of the most common health problems for women, and yet many women are not
aware that they suffer from it.  This Endometriosis Awareness Month, TRICARE
beneficiaries can learn more about the disease and take steps to find out if
they are one of the millions of women living with this illness.

Endometriosis generally occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus or
womb grows in other parts of the body.  Once outside of the uterus, the
endometrial tissue continues to grow and bleed during menstruation.  Over time,
the growths become larger and bleed more, causing pain and other symptoms. The
most common symptom of endometriosis is pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis or
lower back during menstrual periods. Other symptoms include painful cramps or
periods, intestinal pain, pain during or after sex and infertility.

It is unclear what causes this endometriosis, but it can occur at any time in
women who menstruate. The following factors have been associated with
endometriosis which most frequently occurs in women in their 30's and 40s.

.             - Having a mother or sister with endometriosis 

.             - Starting  menstruation at a young age 

.             - Having frequent periods lasting more than seven days  

.             - Having a mother or sister with endometriosis 

.             - Having a closed hymen 

TRICARE covers the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis. The American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests three common methods for
detecting endometriosis: a pelvic exam, ultrasound or laparoscopy. Treatments
can be administered medically or surgically. Oral contraceptives, which TRICARE
covers, can help to make menstrual periods regular, lighter and shorter, or can
stop the menstrual cycle for several months. If symptoms persist, laparoscopic
surgery may be an option to remove tissue growth.

Women should talk with their primary care manager if they have questions about
endometriosis, are experiencing symptoms, or if symptoms return after treatment.

To learn more about endometriosis, visit www.womenshealth.gov
<http://www.womenshealth.gov/> .  For more information on TRICARE coverage
visit: www.tricare.mil/coveredservices.

Last Updated 3/31/2014 

SOURCE:  TRICARE News Release, 31 March 2014,





TRICARE Young Adult Offers a Variety of Healthcare Options for Young Adults 




TRICARE is proud to have met and exceeded most of the national health reform
provisions before the law was passed, and in 2011, the National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA) authorized the Department of Defense to offer similar
benefits to young adults under TRICARE. The Affordable Care Act has changed the
guidelines for keeping America's youth healthy, and TRICARE Young Adult (TYA)
has plenty of great options for post adolescents from 21 years of age up to the
age of 26.

The Affordable Care Act requires all individuals to have health insurance or
other coverage that is considered "minimum essential coverage". TYA provides
medical and pharmacy benefits, and meets the minimum essential coverage
requirement. Potential beneficiaries need to speak with their sponsor to see if
they are eligible for the program. TYA is available to young adults who are:  

.             - Dependent of TRICARE-eligible unformed service sponsor 

.             - Unmarried 

.             - At least 21 years of age, or 23 years of age if previously
enrolled as a full-time college student and the sponsor provides over 50 percent
of the beneficiary's financial support.  The beneficiary must not have reached
the age of 26. 

To participate in TYA, beneficiaries are required to pay monthly premiums. The
plan option and sponsor's military status determine what covered services will
cost.  TYA costs are also based on whether the sponsor has TRICARE Prime or
Standard (2014 premiums are $180 for TYA Prime and $156 for TYA Standard) and
where care is received. 

Eligible dependents that select TYA need to submit a TRICARE Young Adult
Application (DD Form 2947) along with two months of premium payments.  Completed
applications can be faxed or mailed to the regional contractor specified on the

TYA cannot be purchased if the young adult is married, eligible for another
TRICARE program or eligible for an employer-sponsored health plan.

Ensuring that young adults are insured is a serious matter and TYA is a great
option for unmarried, adult children who "age out" of regular TRICARE coverage.
Complete information and application forms are available at www.tricare.mil/TYA.

Last Updated 3/27/2014 

SOURCE:  TRICARE News Release, 27 March 2014,



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