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Some Tricare preventive services are now free

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Source: Army Times
Posted : Thursday Sep 3, 2009

As of Tuesday, certain Tricare beneficiaries no longer have to pay out of pocket for immunizations, mammograms and some other preventive services.

However, the benefit does not apply to all preventive services or to Medicare-eligible beneficiaries.

Also as of Tuesday, beneficiaries can request reimbursement for any of these covered preventive services that they have paid for since Oct. 14. The benefit is retroactive to that date, when it was signed into law.

Covered preventive services include screenings for colorectal cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer; immunizations; and certain physical exams, including well-child visits for children younger than 6. This means the patient has no co-payments or cost shares, even if his or her annual Tricare deductible has not been met.

Here’s how to get reimbursed, according to Tricare officials:

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