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  • Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Parking Garage Renovation Notice

    The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth VA parking garage is currently under renovation through the spring of 2020. Sections of the garage may not be accessible on a rotating basis. This may cause delays in parking. Please arrive early for your appointment to safely locate a parking space. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience. Please continue to follow us on social media for further updates.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • Upcoming Events in January and February 2020

    ​Don't miss out !   There are upcoming events in January and February 2020.  Go to the calendar for details on the Tricare for Life, Tricare Retiree Benefits Brief, Transition for Spouses Boot Camp, and Parenthood Fair.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • TRICARE Open Season

    ​ Beneficiary Web Enrollment (BWE), the online platform forTRICARE enrollment and plan changes, is experiencing a technical issue and currently does not allow you to change your plan (Prime/Select) online.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff


    Social Security’s disability program is an important part of their obligation to wounded warriors and their families.

    For military members who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • November is Warrior Care Month

    *Warrior Care Month is an annual effort to increase awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as their families, caregivers and others who support them.

    *Warrior care encompasses a full spectrum of support through recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration back to duty or transition into the community.

    *The National Resource Directory represents one of the largest online collections of government and non-government resources specifically for Service Members, Veterans, Families and Military Caregivers, with a particular emphasis on wounded, ill, or injured Service Members and Veterans. Visit for more information.


    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • Who Needs a Flu Vaccine and When ?

    Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exception. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. See People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications for a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff


    Remember on Jan. 1, some copayments for your prescription drugs will increase. If you get your prescriptions through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or at a retail network pharmacy, you’ll pay anywhere from $2 to $7 more starting Jan. 1. Congress made this change in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (October 1 - September 30) 2018.

    There’s still no cost to fill your prescriptions at military pharmacies. And these cost changes don’t apply to active duty service members (ADSMs). If you’re an ADSM, you still pay nothing for your covered drugs at military and network pharmacies.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff


    1.       TRICARE Webinar:  "Prepare Now for TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season"
    •Date:  Oct 24
    •Time:  1 - 2 pm ET
    •Registration Link: https//

    Open Season for TRICARE beneficiaries is from Nov 11 to Dec 9.  But does open season apply to you ?

    This webinar will discuss TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season.  Presentation, Q & A session, learn about your 2020 health care, dental, and vision coverage options. 

    2.       TRICARE SITREP
    •Date:  Oct 31
    •Time:  3:15 – 4:15 pm ET

    THE TRICARE SITREP is a live Q & A session hosted on the TRICARE Facebook page.  Here's how it works:
    •Go to facebook/TRICARE on Oct 31.
    •An introductory video will be posted at 3pm announcing that they are about to begin.
    •Ask your question as a comment to that introductory post.
    •They will answer your questions live during the event.
    •Questions are answered in the order they're posted.

    Remember to stay on topic so everyone's questions can be addressed.   They will answer questions specific to your scenario, but do not share your health information since it's a public forum.  This is your opportunity to ask questions about the TRICARE and FEDVIP open seasons.

    If you have friends and family who may have questions about open season, please spread the word about the TRICARE Webinar (Oct 24) and TRICARE SITREP (Oct 31).

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff


    It’s never too early or too late to improve your health.  Take ownership of your health by knowing the right questions to ask your provider.  Being proactive will enable early detection and timely treatment of diseases and injuries.

    The Military Health System provides a variety of programs, resources, and tools. These serve to maintain and improve the health and wellness of female warfighters, service member’s families, and retirees and their families.

    Prevent key women illnesses (osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes) with a mix of cardio and resistance exercise at least three to five times a week. Exercise also promotes good self-image. Regular exercise is a key element of maintaining health. But only 46% of women 18 and older conduct a daily aerobic activity.

    Other important facts: 

    *Nineteen percent of women 18 and older report they’re in fair or poor health.

    *One woman dies every minute from heart disease. Eating healthy is critical to good health. A balanced diet of lean proteins, healthy fats, smart carbs, and fiber is essential to a proper diet.

    *Thirty-eight percent of women 20 years and older are currently classified as obese.

    • Proper sleep, physical activity, and nutrition are key components of preventive health and day-to-day wellness.

    For mre information on Womens Health, visit:

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • Do Not Delay... Second Annual TRICARE Open Season (Nov 11th - Dec 9th, 2019) is Underway Now !!

    TRICARE Open Season is the annual period when you can enroll in or change your health plan for the next year. The 2019 TRICARE Open Season begins on Monday, November 11th and ends on Monday, December 9th.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

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