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Webmaster’s Comments 13.02.24

February 24, 2013

Several people emailed in asking about TRICARE, TriWest and UnitedHealthcare.

TRICARE is the Department of Defense’s medical care program for military members and retirees. TRICARE has several programs. TRICARE Select which is a paid program for current members and retirees. TRICARE Standard is a free program for Guard/Reserve retirees between the age of 60 and 65 that is a supplemental payee to any other medical coverage you may have. TRICARE for Life is a free supplemental payee for those over the age of 65. You must have Medicare coverage to qualify for TRICARE for Life.

TriWest is the company that administers the TRICARE program for the DoD in the Western Region which includes Hawai‘i. They were the program administrators in the Western Region for many years. In 2012, there was contract bidding for the next five years and UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans were awarded the contract. They will start administering the program April 1. Currently there is an ongoing two month transition program between the two companies.

The two previous TRICARE postings about the change in companies provide information about the transition.

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