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    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

  • Second Annual TRICARE Open Season (Nov 11th - Dec 9th, 2019)

    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. During TRICARE Open Season, you can:

    •Do nothing. If you want to stay in your current TRICARE health care plan, you don’t have to take any action. You’ll continue in your current health plan through 2020 or as long as you’re eligible.
    •Enroll in a plan. If you’re eligible for a TRICARE Prime option or TRICARE Select but not enrolled, you can enroll in a plan now.

    •Change plans. If you’re already enrolled in a TRICARE Prime option, or TRICARE Select, you can switch plans and switch between individual and family enrollment.

    What Happens if I Don't Take Any Action?

    If you aren't already in a plan and don't enroll in a plan, you'll only be eligible for care at a military hospital or clinic if space is available.

    Making Enrollment Changes Outside of Open Season

    Outside of TRICARE Open Season, you can enroll in or change enrollment to TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select following a Qualifying Life Event (QLE).

    A QLE is a certain change in your life, such as marriage, birth of a child, or retirement from active duty, which may mean different TRICARE options are available to you. A TRICARE QLE opens a 90-day period for you to make eligible enrollment changes. A QLE for one family member means all family members may make enrollment changes. To learn more, visit

    Outside of the Federal Benefits Open Season, you may only make changes to your existing FEDVIP plan if you experience a FEDVIP QLE. Remember, FEDVIP QLEs may be different from the TRICARE QLEs.

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • September is Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Month

    Every September we promote and focus on psychological health and suicide prevention as part of our healthy living campaign. We want everyone to perform at their best, get plenty of rest and sleep, manage their stress, exercise and eat well. However, we may not always cope well with daily hassles, find that we fall and stay in the yellow stress zone, and decide not reach out for support. This month offers an opportunity to reflect upon our well-being and promote psychological health, suicide prevention and seeking help.

    Please visit the following links for helpful information and excellent resources:

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)

    FEDVIP Basics:

    ​*  FEDVIP is a voluntary, enrollee-pay-all dental and vision program available to federal employees and annuitants, certain retired uniformed service members, survivors, and active duty family members. It is sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

    *  FEDVIP replaces the former TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) and also offers supplemental vision coverage to those enrolled in a TRICARE health plan.

    *  FEDVIP premiums for uniformed service members are paid on a post-tax basis.

    *  The Federal Benefits Open Season is your annual opportunity to enroll in or change your FEDVIP coverage. Each year, open season runs from the Monday of the second full week in November through the Monday of the second full week in December.

    For member enrollment or premium questions, please visit or call 1-877-888-FEDS (1-877-888-3337) TTY 1-877-889-5680.

    For program information, visit or email

    By: Tidewater MHS Staff

  • "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" - Oct 1st !!

    Oct 1st, 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

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