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Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipients

The Medal of Honor (MOH) is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy. It is awarded to an individual serving in the U.S.Armed Forces, and it is usually presented to the recipient or to the family member or survivor of a deceased recipient by the President, in the name of Congress. In October of 2000, TRICARE welcomed MOH recipients and their eligible family members to TRICARE's family of beneficiaries. Since then, policy changes have enhanced the resources available to those who are eligible for the benefit.

Eligibility is Reflected in DEERS

For MOH recipients and their families, eligibility for the TRICARE benefit is verified through the uniformed service branch, and eligibility is reported by registration in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Eligibility is reflected by the beneficiary's having a valid Uniformed Services identification card (ID).

Not enrolled in DEERS? The MOH recipient or eligible family member who is not enrolled in DEERS and who does not possess a valid ID card must visit an ID card issuing facility to establish eligibility for benefits. Entry into DEERS requires photo identification (driver's license, etc.) and the departmental order or citation for the MOH. To enroll eligible family members, additional documents may be required; they include marriage licenses, birth certificates, divorce decrees, etc. A death certificate or DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) is needed if the MOH recipient is deceased.

To locate the nearest ID card issuing facility, visit the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) Rapids Site Locator, or call the DEERS Support Office at 1-800-538-9552. Please be sure to ask about a facility's hours of operation and about any documents that may be required.

To make updates to address, telephone numbers, or email addresses, visit the DEERS website .

Types of Eligible Beneficiaries

Survivors of MOH Recipients Who Died While on Active Duty:
Eligible survivors of uniformed service members, to include MOH recipients, who died while on active duty, remain eligible for TRICARE benefits for a full three years in an active duty family member status, with lesser out-of-pocket costs and priority access to care within a military treatment facility (MTF) when enrolled in TRICARE Prime. After the three-year period, eligibility changes to retiree status.

Choosing a health plan is a very important decision-TRICARE's options include Standard (a fee-for-service type plan), Extra (a preferred-provider type plan), and Prime (an HMO or network type plan). Depending on the location the survivor chooses to live, TRICARE Prime may not be available. To get a better understanding of each plan, visit the following websites:

TRICARE Prime
TRICARE Extra
TRICARE Standard
TRICARE Survivor
TRICARE Cost/Co-Pay

The TRICARE Pharmacy benefit remains available to all eligible survivors: The MTF pharmacy with no out-of-pocket costs, the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy, the TRICARE Retail Network and non-network pharmacy at the highest cost. Learn all of the benefits available under the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.

To be eligible for continued dental coverage, survivors must be enrolled in the TRICARE Dental Plan (TDP) as of the date of the sponsor's death. This benefit, offered by the Department of Defense (DoD), which is administered by United Concordia Companies, Inc., is a high-quality, cost-effective dental plan. For enrollment, cost, dentist locator, and all other information, visit the United Concordia website. During the three years of eligibility after the death of the sponsor, DoD will continue to pay the survivor's dental insurance premium. Once this three-year benefit ends, family members may become eligible for dental care under the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP). This plan is administered by Delta Dental, and offers comprehensive, cost-effective dental coverage for uniformed services eligible family members. To enroll in this plan, visit the Delta Dental website. To learn more about both plans, visit the TRICARE Dental website.

Retired MOH Recipient and Survivors:
For an MOH recipient and Uniformed Service retiree or family member, TRICARE benefits are the same as for other TRICARE-eligible retirees. As with any other TRICARE benefit, eligibility is based upon information maintained in DEERS. To verify eligibility status, visit the nearest ID card issuing facility which can be located by going to the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) Rapids Locator website. Please be sure to call to confirm hours of operation, and any required documents needed. To ensure your contact information is kept up to date, visit the DEERS website.

As the beneficiary nears age 65 (or becomes Medicare-eligible due to disability) he or she will want to learn more about the TRICARE For Life (TFL) program, which is available to Medicare/TRICARE dual-eligible people, who are entitled to Medicare Part A and enrolled in Part B. Unless the beneficiary is still working and has other health insurance (OHI), Medicare becomes the primary payer and TRICARE becomes secondary payer. To obtain information about one's Medicare status, contact the local Social Security Office. Learn more about the TFL plan.

The TRICARE Pharmacy benefit remains available to all survivors: the MTF pharmacy with no out-of-pocket costs, the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy, the TRICARE Retail Network and non-network pharmacy. Learn all of the benefits available under the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.

If you have not already taken advantage of the retiree dental plan offered by TRICARE, then you may want to see what it has to offer. The TRDP, which is administered by Delta Dental, is a comprehensive plan offered by DoD. For more information about this plan, visit the TRDP website. To enroll in the plan, go to the Delta Dental website.

MOH Recipients Separated From Service/Deceased:
MOH recipients, who separated from the military prior to reaching retiree status, or their eligible family members become eligible for TRICARE benefits as retirees. Eligibility for these programs is verified through enrollment in DEERS. If the recipient or eligible family member is not enrolled in DEERS, they will need to visit the nearest ID card issuing facility. To locate the nearest ID card issuing facility, visit the DMDC Rapids Site Locator or call the DEERS Support Office at 1-800-538-9552. The MOH recipient or surviving family member should bring a photo identification card (such as a driver's license) and the departmental order or citation for the Medal of Honor. For family members, additional documents required would include: marriage license, birth certificates, and a death certificate or DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty, if the recipient is deceased. Once eligibility is established, information such as address, telephone number, or email address can be kept up to date by going to the DEERS website.

To learn more about the TRICARE benefits available, locate the nearest TRICARE Service Center or contact the MTF or regional Beneficiary Counseling & Assistance Coordinator. Geographical location might impact the decision about which plan better suits a recipient's and family's needs. To view the specific pages of the health care plans that are offered, visit the following web pages:

TRICARE Prime
TRICARE Extra
TRICARE Standard
TRICARE For Life (Medicare/TRICARE Dual-eligible)

The TRICARE Pharmacy benefit remains available to all survivors: the MTF pharmacy with no out of pocket costs, the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy, the TRICARE Retail Network and non-network pharmacy. Learn all of the benefits available under the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.

The TRDP which is administered by Delta Dental offers a very comprehensive plan at an affordable price. To learn more about the plan, visit the TRDP website. To enroll in the plan, visit the Delta Dental enrollment website.

For Additional Customer Support
To obtain more information on your benefits under the MOH benefit, feel free to contact the Managed Care Support Contractor (MCSC) for your region;

     North Region - Health Net (877) 874-2273
     South Region - Humana (800) 444-5445
     West Region - TriWest (888) 874-9378

Or you may contact a Beneficiary Counseling & Assistance Coordinator (BCAC).



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