The February 2017 Retiree Activities Office News & Information is an unofficial publication written, edited and published by the Little Rock Retiree Activities Office for the convenience of the Little Rock AFB retired population. The information or comments herein do not necessarily represent the positions or opinions of the DoD, USAF, AMC the 19th AW or any tenant units on Little Rock AFB. While all efforts have been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this publication, no absolute guarantee of accuracy can be given nor should any be assumed.
Welcome SMSgt (Ret) Charlie Brown to VA Office
We have a new addition to the RAO services here in building 1255. Senior Master Sgt. (ret) Charlie Brown is now in the Veterans Affairs office across from the RAO. He will be available from 8 a.m. until noon each Wednesday morning. He also works in the Airman Family Readiness office on Tuesdays and maintains an office in Jacksonville on S. 2nd Street. His phone here in this building has yet to be connected. We will pass that info. along when we have it. In the meantime, you can call him through this office.
|Take Command: Increases to TRICARE Pharmacy Copayments Coming Feb. 1, 2018
On Feb. 1, 2018, copayments for prescription drugs at TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery and retail pharmacies will increase. These changes are required by law and affect TRICARE beneficiaries who are not active duty service members.
While retail pharmacy and home delivery copayments will increase, prescriptions filled at military pharmacies remain available at no cost. You can save the most money by filling your prescriptions at military pharmacies.
“Military pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery will remain the lowest cost pharmacy option for TRICARE beneficiaries,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ann McManis, Pharmacy Operations Division at the Defense Health Agency.
Using home delivery, the copayments for a 90-day supply of generic formulary drugs will increase from $0 to $7. For brand-name formulary drugs, copayments will increase from $20 to $24, and copayments for non-formulary drugs without a medical necessity will increase from $49 to $53.
NOTE: Non-formulary drug: A drug in a therapeutic class that isn't as clinically or cost-effective as other drugs in the same class. You pay a higher cost share for these drugs.
At a retail network pharmacy, copayments for a 30-day supply of generic formulary drugs will increase from $10 to $11 and from $24 to $28 for brand-name formulary drugs. In some cases, survivors of active duty service members may be eligible for lower cost-sharing amounts.
TRICARE groups pharmacy drugs into three categories: generic formulary, brand-name formulary and non-formulary. You pay the least for generic formulary drugs and the most for non-formulary drugs, regardless of whether you get them from home delivery or a retail pharmacy.
To see the new TRICARE pharmacy copayments, visit www.tricare.mil/pharmacycosts. To learn more about the TRICARE Pharmacy Program, or move your prescriptions to home delivery, visit www.tricare.mil/pharmacy.
Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) provides primary health care to eligible Veteran patients in their homes when care in the outpatient clinics is not possible or recommended. HBPC is like a clinic visit at your home.
HBPC is a team of health care professionals who will teach you and your caregiver about your medical problems (medications and how to take them, what food to eat, a safe exercise program, and more); and provide guidance to make your care easier and safer.
To be eligible for HBPC you must be homebound, have a caregiver in the home, and live in the HBPC service area.
TRICIA FLAGG, MS, RD, LD
ASSISTANT CHIEF, HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICE
HBPC PROGRAM DIRECTOR