Question For Military Personel Or Wives About TriCare

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HeatherIsHopeful - February 14

okay so here is the story, My husband is getting deployed in two weeks so I will be going to Arizona (we live in Texas) to stay with my mom... since day one of the pregnancy I have been at a military hospital so I have a few questions about making the switch to a civilian hospital. does anyone know if I need anything more than my Dependant ID to prove that I have insurance? do I need to get an insurance card or anything?? this is my first pregnancy and I really don't know anything about this lol.. ANY info would be greatly appreciated. I do plan to ask the doc at my next (and last) appointment before going to Arizona but I figure it would be easier to get info from elsewhere so I know what to ask for and acquire before I leave.

 

preggosauce - February 14

Hey heather! I'm a military wife as well. Ok, so are you MOVING to Arizona for awhile? How long is your hubby going to be deployed? If you are MOVING there, then you need to switch your tricare over to that region. Just call tricare (there is a 1800 number on the tricare card). They will then give you a list of dr's that accept tricare, and you would chose from them. Unless there is a base within 20 miles or so of where your stayin in Arizona. Then you would go there. Of course, any civilian hospital will take tricare so if you need to go to the ER or something your always covered. Just show your military ID. If you have any other questions let me know. I've switched my tricare location many times as my husband has been deployed a lot...and I too went to stay with family a lot while he was gone. Is he going to be gone for the birth? Again, let me know if you have any other questions!! :)

 

HeatherIsHopeful - February 14

hey girl... some of the info is in my other post... that you read. Im not 'moving' there but I will be there for the duration of his deployment. how long does it usually take to get tricare to switch the region and all that jazz?

 

preggosauce - February 14

Once you sign the paper work n' stuff it usually only takes about 24-48 hours If I remember right. Its pretty quick! What I would do is see if they have a tricare office around the area your going to be in Arizona. (Again, call tricare and ask them where the closest office would be to you). Then you can just sign all the paper work right then and there and don't have to wait for the mail. Thats what i always did, just to make sure it got done quickly. Hope this helps!!

 

HeatherIsHopeful - February 14

fantastic! you are a life saver... I would have never known to do that until it was way later in the game.. Im glad I can get a jump start on this. thanks a ton!

 

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