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1SG Steven Imerman
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We live more than 50 miles from Ft.Leonard Wood, so we have never been able to use the hospital. However, Tricare is fantastic health insurance, and no premiums to pay, ever. We were Tricare Select (they change the name every few years, it was Tricare Prime), and now since I'm on Medicare I have Tricare for Life, and my wife will switch over next month. We have had no complaints, and we get to use the pharmacy at FLW for free prescription fills and refills. We drive up there every 90 days for prescriptions, and hit the commissary, too. Not having the use of a military hospital has never hurt us. They opened a new VA clinic here in town last year, but we're happy with our private doctor, and since their pharmacy is not as extensive as the one at FLW, I've only visited it once to check it out. So they are not leaving retirees high and dry, or anything like that.
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1SG Mark Gomez
1SG Mark Gomez
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MSgt (Join to see) - I am currently looking in to some things with a friend who runs a non profit at my American Legion post. The issue is Autism is a very broad spectrum and not all cases are the same. I was limited on duty stations before I retired due to only certain locations have the resources for my son.
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1SG Mark Gomez - now that you are out you might be able to move to a location where there are better programs if you chose to. I know people who have done that after find a job in that new area (actually an inter company transfer). There are plenty of support groups for parents of autistic kids. I recommend going to one and even if you don’t join because you might be able to get some good information. Just remember, you guys aren’t alone in this. People are here for you.
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MSG Tom Earley
MSG Tom Earley
1 mo
Glad it works for you. Down here we are screwed.
During the run up to Obama Care we were notified of changes to Tricare Prime for Military Retirees. Before Obama we could select civilian doctors who were allowed to be Tricare Prime Primary Care Managers as long as their office was within 100 miles of a military base. Under Obama that distance was changed to only 40 miles so we lost a very good family practice doctor. We were left literally with one doctor to chose from, and we don't like him or his practice. He is 40 miles from the Navy Base in Jacksonville but he is almost an hour from us. Bottom line; we don't go to the doctor anymore unless it is bad. According to the article this policy was ordered by Congress in 2016 so I blame the Obama administration, and Congress of that time for screwing retirees over, and the current administration and Congress has not done anything to change it. Now if we had switched to Tricare Select from Prime we could use doctors closer to us, but the co-pay is way higher than Tricare Prime, and something like a hospital stay would wipe us out.
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1SG Steven Imerman
1SG Steven Imerman
1 mo
Our key was I was working for the school district, and their insurance dovetailed nicely with our Tricare. Now with Medicare we will be home free.
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MCPO Roger Collins
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Why would retirees go to MTFs? We have TRICARE, VA, MEDICARE and ExpressScripts.
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MSG Tom Earley
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During the run up to Obama Care we were notified of changes to Tricare Prime for Military Retirees. Before Obama we could select civilian doctors who were allowed to be Primary Care Managers as long as their office was within 100 miles of a military base. Under Obama that distance was changed to only 40 miles so we lost a very good family practice doctor. We were left literally with one doctor to chose from, and we don't like him or his practice. He is 40 miles from the Navy Base in Jacksonville but he is almost an hour from us. Bottom line; we don't go to the doctor anymore unless it is bad. According to the article this policy was ordered by Congress in 2016 so I blame the Obama administration, and Congress of that time for screwing retirees over, and the current administration and Congress has not done anything to change it.
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SGT Cyber Abuse Engineer
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Thanks for taking the time to share! Good information and perspective!
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