Posted on Jul 2, 2019
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hi, as i was pregnant i never received counseling from my unit. Had my baby 5 months ago and its time to deploy but my family care plan didn't fall through, does anyone know the next steps after this? What chapter i would get out on? or how long my child will receive insurance. first time mom so dont really know whats my options here.
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SFC Casey O'Mally
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Do you have time to cobble together a new FCP? If you have no plan, for life after Army, it may be best to have parents watch kid and you deploy so kid can keep insurance. While deployed, work on a viable long-term FCP or a viavle after Army plan. IIRC, you have insurance for ETS+ 30 days, which isn't a lot of time to get new insurance in place for your kid. And the first couple years are absolutley CRITICAL for proper health care.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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SFC Casey O'Mally is right SPC (Join to see).
- Family Care Plan requirement AR600-20 para 5-5 (read this right this second, now)
- the Chapter 5-8, AR 635-200
- forms listed at the link. One of the forms is a checklist that takes it step by step. https://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/documents/sja/familycareplaninfo.doc

What expectation did you have for extended healthcare?. If I were in your shoes I would be figuring out how to get a plan together. I am assuming the father is not in the picture. If he were but you were not married, assuming he is military, he'd need a FCP as well, but if he were not on orders to deploy, he could be engaged for short term care, and his extended family might be able to assist or share the load.

You need to make up your mind quick on whether you will take the chapter or work on getting this FCP together. You need to consider life after the Army, savings, work, housing, Heath care etc. once you've decided, you need to engage your Company/ Battery Command team on the open door policy. Taking your post at face value, you should have been counseled using the FCP checklist already. This should have been done 60days prior to the due date.

I have no idea what "Had my baby 5 months ago and its time to deploy but my family care plan didn't fall through" means. So do you have a FCP or not? Falling through is bad. Didn't fall through means it is intact. Or did you not follow through with getting a FCP?

If you get your FCP straightened out, you buy time and you have options:
- short term, you can keep everything going while you save money while deployed and plan your ETS at the end of your contract
- long term, if you maintain your deployability, you can consider reenlisting and making a career in the Army.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Have you checked with personnel to see your options are?
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SFC Student Service Ncoic/Hr Nco
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First off, if you’ve never received a counseling on your family care plan in writing, signed by you and your commander, they will not be able to Chapter you at all. Second, if a Chapter is what you would like to pursue, go to legal to find out the proper steps that can be taken. I’ll advise you to go to legal either way, so they can provide you with regulatory guidance for both situations. If you are a breastfeeding mother, there’s also another avenue of approach you can use to delay your deployment as well (not trying to give you advice on how to avoid deploying, I’m giving you advice so you’re know you have options and to make sure you utilize the services you have available to you). Never just take the word of what someone tell you, always check your regulations and utilize your legal assistance for guidance.
I hope this helps, good luck to you....
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