[HEALTH.MIL] MilConnect Is New Online Portal For DOD Beneficiaries

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MilConnect Is New Online Portal For DOD Beneficiaries
November 28, 2011
By Cheryl Pellerin, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (Nov. 23, 2011) -- A range of information about Defense Department
benefits information and eligibility is now available online, the director of
the Defense Manpower Data Center said yesterday.
Two new online efforts -- milConnect and eCorrespondence -- give beneficiaries
24/7 access to personnel information; the ability to update information related
to health, education and other benefits; and email notifications about changes
in benefits, Mary Dixon told American Forces Press Service.
"At the Defense Manpower Data Center, one of our many responsibilities is to be
the interface with beneficiaries, especially on benefits and eligibility for
benefits," Dixon said.
MilConnect, available online at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/ and through
a mobile application for the Android smart phone, was known for a year as the
mydodbenefits website.
The revamped milConnect site is available online, around-the-clock, to all DOD
beneficiaries and their spouses and children age 18 or older.
Users can sign on in several ways, Dixon said.
Anyone who has a common access card, a Defense Finance and Accounting Services
myPay account logon, or a DOD Self-Service or DS logon can sign in on the
MilConnect website, or apply at the site for a DS logon.
MilConnect information comes from the Defense Enrollment Eligibility System
called DEERS. Eligible users are active duty, National Guard and Reserve
members; and military retirees, spouses and eligible family members age 18 and
Sponsors can view information about all dependents listed in DEERS but for now
eligible dependents can see only their own information.
Beneficiaries who use milConnect, Dixon said, can update DEERS contact
information, manage health care enrollments, locate the nearest military ID card
issuing facility, view personnel information, transfer education benefits to
eligible family members, view group life insurance information, and manage other
Army National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard can update
civilian employment information.
The mobile application works today on Android phones, but Dixon said her center
is in the process of making MilConnect available for iPhones and other smart
phones and mobile devices.
The smart phone app lets users find sites for the Real-time Automated Personnel
Identification System called RAPIDS, where military members receive new ID
cards, military treatment facilities, and contact information for Tricare
regional offices.
Related to milConnect, Dixon said, is an initiative called eCorrespondence that
will use email notifications of changes in benefits rather than postal service
letters for active-duty service members and National Guard and Reserve service
members on periods of active duty.
Email notifications will be sent to the email address associated with a service
member's common access card, Dixon said.
Beginning this month, service members will receive email notifications of a
change in Tricare primary-care manager, of potential eligibility changes when a
child turns 21 or 23, and of the ability to view or print a Tricare enrollment
card and welcome letter after enrollment into a Tricare medical or dental
The email notifications will refer service members to the milConnect web portal.
Service members will be able to check Tricare eligibility and information
through the MilConnect portal, whether or not they receive an email
Dixon said service members also can opt out of the email notifications.
"We're hoping to continue to expand both the things that we let you know by
email and to expand to other kinds of benefits changes and to additional
populations," she said, including retirees.
"It's a little bit hard with retirees because we don't necessarily know their
email addresses," she added. "But that's something they can enter into the
system on milConnect." 

DEERS, MilConnect, etc., information is current, suggest you sign on to
MilConnect at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/ and check\update your
personal data.

Related Links:
Army.mil: Inside the Army News <http://www.army.mil/news/insidethearmy>
Army.mil: U.S. Army Veterans <http://www.army.mil/veterans>
milConnect <https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/>
Army.mil: Veterans Resources <http://www.army.mil/info/armylife/veterans/>

SOURCE:  WWW.ARMY.MIL News Article at US Army http://www.army.mil/article/69930/
via Stand-To! Newsletter, 28 November 2011

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