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  • "Take Command" - FEDVIP Vision

    FEDVIP vision provides access to comprehensive vision insurance, including eye exams, eye glasses and/or contact lenses.

    Retirees, retiree family members, active duty family members, National Guard and Reserve members and their families who are enrolled in a TRICARE Health Plan may qualify to purchase FEDVIP vision coverage.  TRICARE for Life (TFL) beneficiaries may also purchase a vision plan.  

    Last year (2018), 30,718 active duty family members (total ~1.7 mil. eligible) and 4,374 National Guard and Reserve members/family (total ~500k eligible) enrolled in a FEDVIP vision plan.  Eligible beneficiaries are encouraged to enroll during FEDVIP Open Season this year, Nov 11 - Dec 9, 2019.

    To learn more about FEDVIP and how to enroll during open season, visit:

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • TRICARE Online (TOL) Patient Portal Secure Messaging

    TRICARE Online Patient Portal Secure Messaging provides Military Health System patients who receive care at a military treatment facility or clinic access to a progressive messaging system, allowing authorized patients the ability to securely communicate with their health care team.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • "Transition for Spouses: Boot Camp"

    July 31, 9am - 3pm. Fleet & Family Support Centers (FFSC) Little Creek, 1450 D Street, Building 3129, Virginia Beach, VA 23459

    * Are you and your spouse preparing to transition from the military into civilian life ?

    * Are you feeling left in the dark regarding important details of that transition ?

    Learn from the experts about personal financial management, VA benefits, relocation assistance, employment assistance, Tricare benefits, and how FFSC can help.

    Contact FFSC to register: 757-462-7563

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • Moving? Update DEERS for Uninterrupted TRICARE Coverage

    Summer is when you and your family may fulfill new orders and move to a new duty station. If you move this summer, don’t forget to update your information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Being able to use TRICARE depends on keeping DEERS up to date.

    DEERS is a database of active duty and retired service members, their family members, and others who are eligible for TRICARE. TRICARE eligibility shows up in DEERS based on the sponsor’s status. Keeping your DEERS record up to date is key to you getting timely and effective TRICARE benefits.

    In DEERS, make sure to check your address, duty status, phone numbers, and email addresses. This is especially true after permanent change of station, or PCS, moves and anytime you experience a Qualifying Life Event (QLE). A QLE can include getting married or divorced, giving birth, or retiring. Also, check out what you need to do if you’re moving. Remember, your Social Security number (SSN) and the SSN of each of your covered family members must be included in DEERS for your TRICARE coverage to be accurate.

    Changing your contact information in DEERS is easy, and you have several options to do so. You can make changes online, by phone, fax, or mail, or in person at the nearest ID card office. Find an office near you using the RAPIDS Site Locator. To add or remove family members, you must visit a local ID card office. To update contact information, choose one of these options:
    •Online: Log into milConnect
    •Phone: Call 1-800-538-9552 (TTY/TDD: 1-866-363-2883) or fax updates to 1-800-336-4416
    •Mail: Mail updates to:

    Defense Manpower Data Center Support Office

    Attention: COA

    400 Gigling Road,

    Seaside, CA 93955-6771

    Only sponsors can add a family member in DEERS. Family members age 18 and older may update their own contact information.
    Find more information on how to update DEERS information on the TRICARE website. Take command of your health, and keep your family’s information up to date in DEERS.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • Health Innovation Month - "From the Battlefield to the Backyard"

    ​In July, Military Health System (MHS) is focused on Defense Department researchers and providers who are finding innovative ways to protect, support, and advance the health and welfare of the Defense community.   MHS remains on the cutting edge of medical practices and procedures, thus providing the best possible care for service members and beneficiaries. Many of these innovations find their way from the battlefield to the backyard, resulting in improved care for all Americans. During the month of July, MHS will focus on the technological innovations in military medicine that have made the MHS a leader in healthcare delivery.  To gain comprehensive information, go to

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • Summer’s Fun, Just Avoid Too Much Sun

    Summer is here, and that means sunny weather is here to stay. Soaking up the sun is one of the best parts about summer. However, make sure to protect your skin when enjoying the sun-filled days ahead. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause sunburn, eye damage, and skin damage in the form of premature wrinkles, according to the American Cancer Society. It can also cause skin cancer. Depending on your risk for developing skin cancer, TRICARE covers your skin cancer screening exams.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.” In as little as 15 minutes, UV rays can damage your skin. Preventing your exposure to UV light from the sun and avoiding artificial sources like tanning beds and sunlamps, is the best way to lower your risk of skin damage and skin cancer.  For more information, go to:

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • Webinar June 27th !! Understanding How TRICARE For Life* Coverage Works

    Webinar - Understanding How TRICARE For Life Coverage Works

    ​If you are a TRICARE For Life  (TFL) beneficiary or "soon to be TFL beneficiary, take advantage of this webinar.  Register for the "Understanding How TRICARE For Life Coverage Works" Webinar, Thursday, June 27 from 1 - 2 p.m. ET

    Registration Link:

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • Struggling with a Substance Use Disorder? TRICARE Has You Covered

    As opioid overdose deaths continue to rise, the Department of Defense (DoD) continues to expand access to treatments for substance use disorder (SUD). This includes medication assisted treatment (MAT), and other mental health services.

    Although the number of military members abusing substances is lower than the national average, substance use is also a problem for TRICARE beneficiaries.

    TRICARE provides a wide range of effective treatments for substance use disorders. In 2016, the DoD expanded the availability of SUD and MAT services. This was to provide patient-centered, evidence-based prevention and treatment for substance use.

    Dr. Krystyna Bienia, clinical psychologist and senior policy analyst at the Defense Health Agency, explained that the goal of expanding access is to help patients get the appropriate SUD treatment.

    “We aim to decrease the devastating impact of substance use on military families, including the number of overdoses and deaths due to opiate abuse.”

    Bienia believes the key to beating addiction is understanding when you need help, and knowing how and where to seek it.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • A Change of Address May Mean New TRICARE Health Options

    Are you and your family moving? Moving doesn’t change your TRICARE eligibility. But it may change the TRICARE health care options available to you and your family. A change of address, such as moving to a new country, city, region, or ZIP+4 code is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). This QLE means you have 90 days from the date of your address change to enroll in or change your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan based on your eligibility or plan availability in the new location.

    A QLE lets you enroll in or change your TRICARE health plan outside of the annual TRICARE Open Season. When a QLE happens for one family member, it creates a QLE for the entire family. This means all family members may be able to switch TRICARE health plans when one person in the family has a QLE.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • TRICARE Webinar – May 30th : "TRICARE Coverage for College Students and Young Adults," on Thursday, May 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.

    Join the next TRICARE webinar, "TRICARE Coverage for College Students and Young Adults," on Thursday, May 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. This webinar is an opportunity for beneficiaries who have children heading to college this fall, graduating, or turning age 21 to learn about health care options for adult-age dependents.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

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