[HEALTH.MIL] TRICARE OTC Demo Program Extended Until 2016 & Do It Online with TRICARE Tools

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  • Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:09:26 -0600

TRICARE Over-the-Counter Demonstration Program Extended Until 2016 



TRICARE beneficiaries may continue to receive select over-the-counter
medications at no cost to them until Nov. 30, 2016. The Department of Defense
has extended the Over-the-Counter Medication Demonstration Project (OTC Demo) to
allow more time to determine its effectiveness. The OTC Demo began in 2009 and
was scheduled to end November 2014.

The OTC Demo allows TRICARE beneficiaries to get OTC medications from retail
network pharmacies and  TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery at no cost. Beneficiaries
must get a prescription from their doctor for most of the medications covered
under the OTC Demo. Covered drugs include allergy medications Cetirizine and
Loratadine (brand names ZyrtecC and ClaritinC) and heartburn medication
Omeprazole (Prilosec OTCC).

The OTC Demo now includes the Plan-B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive
(levonorgestrel). Plan-B will be available at no cost and without a prescription
to all active duty service women and female beneficiaries who can bear children,
without any age restriction. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved
Plan-B for use without a prescription in June 2013. All military pharmacies
already carry Plan-B and dispense it without a prescription at no cost. Plan-B
is not available through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery, because it must be
taken within three days.

For more information about the OTC Demo, go to www.tricare.mil/otcdemo. The
online formulary search tool, www.pec.ha.osd.mil,  allows TRICARE beneficiaries
to see which prescription medications TRICARE covers and determine the
applicable cost.


NOTE:  To locate the nearest TRICARE Network pharmacy, go to






Save Time, Do It Online with TRICARE Tools 



Military life is full of change and transition. From permanent change of station
moves to dis-enrolling and reenrolling children in school, service members and
their families have a list of tasks to complete to make sure their families have
everything they need when they need it, including access to health care. TRICARE
eliminates some of this stress with tools that give beneficiaries the power to
learn about the plans they qualify for, and then compare plans to make sure they
have the health care coverage they need.

Although the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) determines
eligibility, beneficiaries can find out which TRICARE plans their family may be
qualified to use with the TRICARE Plan Finder. Log on to
www.tricare.mil/planfinder to use the Plan Finder tool. It can be completed by
the sponsor or a family member. After answering a series of questions, the tool
displays a list of plans beneficiaries may be eligible to use based on the
responses provided. To compare plans, visit www.tricare.mil/compareplans to
learn the differences between the plans available. The tool features
side-by-side comparisons of the TRICARE plans to make sure beneficiaries have
the information to make the best decision for their family.

To be eligible for any TRICARE plan, beneficiaries must be registered in DEERS.
New members should be registered in DEERS as soon as possible, including
newborns. It's also important update contact information. To do this, sign into
milConnect at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect.  Choose "My Profile," click
"Update and View My Profile," make the necessary changes and press submit. 


Beneficiaries must add or remove family members to their DEERS record in person
at the nearest military ID card issuing facility, however, appointments can be
made online at https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil. Military transitions
can leave beneficiaries feeling stressed with many things to be done and no time
to do them. Save some time by using TRICARE's online tools. 




SOURCE:  TRICARE News Releases at http://www.tricare.mil/



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