[HEALTH.MIL] OLW Webinar & TRICARE vs Affordable Care Act

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  • Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:55:30 -0600

Webinar to Highlight the Operation Live Well (OLW) Initiative 


The Department of Defense wants to improve the health and wellness of the entire
defense community. In an effort bring about system wide change; the DoD launched
the Operation Live Well initiative. To help increase awareness about Operation
Live Well and educate the community about the many efforts the armed services
are taking to support this effort, the Military Health System and Military
OneSource will co-host a webinar on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, noon to 1:00
p.m. EST. 

To register, go to

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited due to system
capacity. Participants must avoid sharing personal health information when
asking a question.

Information will be presented by CAPT Kimberly Elenberg from the Defense Health
Agency; COL Larry Reeves, Division Chief, Army Resiliency Directorate, G-1; and
Mr. Bob MacDonald from the Health Promotion and Wellness department at the Navy
Marine Corps Public Health Center. 

An introduction to the purpose, function and resources available to uniformed
service members and their families through Operation Live Well. You may submit
your questions to our presenters before the webinar by sending an email to

About the presenters: 

CAPT Kimberly Elenberg supports the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Health Affairs as the Defense Health Agency Program Manager for Health
Promotion. Previously, she was Director of Training and Manager of Medical
Readiness in the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment, Office of the U.S.
Surgeon General." 

COL Larry Reeves is a distinguished military graduate from the University of
Arkansas at Little Rock. Commissioned as an Armor Officer, COL Reeves has served
in a variety of leadership and staff positions over his 24 years of service. He
is currently assigned as the Chief of Strategy and Plans, Army Resiliency
Directorate, DCS G1. 

Mr. Michael "Bob" MacDonald has been a public health educator for Navy Marine
Corps Public Health Center since 1999. He is responsible for several programs
including the Blue H, Health Risk Assessment, and the sexual health and
responsibility program.

To get more information, visit the  <http://www.health.mil/olw> Operation Live
Well website or any of its social media pages. 

NOTE:  Archives of Military OneSource webinars are available at



SOURCE:   TRICARE News Release at





TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act 


With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
in 2010, TRICARE beneficiaries may have questions about how it would affect
them. The ACA and TRICARE are very different, governed by two different pieces
of legislation so changes in one have no effect on the other.

The intent of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was to provide
affordable health insurance options to everyone. This is the first major
difference between TRICARE and the ACA. TRICARE is not health insurance; it is a
federal health care entitlement program only for eligible uniformed service
members, retirees and their families.

The ACA required a set of minimum essential benefits for commercial health
insurance.  Before the passage of the ACA, TRICARE had already provided most of
these benefits such as cost-free screenings, vaccinations and counseling. One
ACA provision not previously addressed by TRICARE was to allow children to
remain on their parent's health insurance up to age 26. The 2011 National
Defense Authorization Act created the authority to implement the TRICARE Young
Adult (TYA) program. TYA is a premium based program that restores TRICARE
coverage to adult children up to the age of 26 after they lose their TRICARE
coverage due to age. 

TRICARE is a benefit established under law as the health care program for the
uniformed services, retirees and their families. The ACA did affect change in
health care coverage for many Americans, but the legislation did not apply
directly to TRICARE. For more information, visit the TRICARE
<http://www.tricare.mil>  website. 

SOURCE:  TRICARE News Release at



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