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Understanding Soldier Benefits

Q: What types of insurance benefits do soldiers returning from Deployments have?
A: Currently all National Guard and Reserve Soldiers returning from Involuntary Deployment to a combat zone are entitled to two years of free health care through the VA system. In addition, once they return they may enroll in TAMP (Transitional Assistance Management Program) which extends their current TriCare Health insurance for a period of 180 days. After that expires they will then have the option of choosing to pay for continued insurance called TriCare Reserve Select (a process similar to COBRA).

Q: If a person has TRICARE insurance, does that mean they can only be seen at the VA?
A: No, there is a difference between VA benefits and TRICARE benefits. TRICARE has a large network of providers located throughout the state, that are not affiliated with the VA. Soldiers also have the option of accessing healthcare through VA, although many do not take advantage of this. This could be due to any number of reasons such as proximity.

Q: How can I get a list of Nebraska TRICARE Behavioral Health providers?
A: Please view the following pdf document: tricare.pdf

Q: How can our providers become a TRICARE provider?
A: Please see Page 1 for instructions and contact our local TriCare Network Consultant Ruth Gahan for the forms. Please view the following word document: triwest_provider.doc

Q: What all does TRICARE cover?
A: In addition to Medical, TRICARE offers Vision, Dental, Pharmacy Benefits and healthcare coverage for family members. Most of the services are at no cost while a soldier is deployed and once they return coverages will change based on the plan they select. For more information go to: https://tricare.mil/

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