The Retiree Activities Office (RAO) acts as an interface between the active duty and retired communities. It keep retirees and their loved ones informed on matters related to their military status. It provides important information and vital services on issues regarding TRICARE, military ID cards, Survivor benefits, Death Reporting and much more.
The RAO also maintains a list of phone numbers, websites and e-mail addresses to assist retirees in their military affiliated endeavors.
Change to Where Some TRICARE Beneficiaries Obtain Prescriptions
Beginning on Oct. 1, TRICARE beneficiaries will have to obtain refills for certain drug prescriptions through the mail, or at military treatment facilities, according to a new interim final rule from the Defense Department.
The new policy affects refills of non-generic prescription "maintenance medications," or drugs that people take on a regular basis for chronic conditions, such as high cholesterol or blood pressure. The change does not apply to medications for sudden infections or illnesses. The head of the Defense Health Agency will maintain and update a list of covered medications, available online or by telephone, and agency will contact eligible beneficiaries about the change, stated the rule, published on Aug. 6 in the Federal Register.
The change, mandated by the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, aims to save money for the department and TRICARE enrollees by avoiding the higher drug co-payments associated with many prescriptions medications in retail pharmacies. The department estimated that the change would save the government roughly $88 million annually, while TRICARE beneficiaries will save about $16.5 million per year because of cheaper co-payments
ID CARD online Appointments now available
Fairchild AFB now has an online Appointment Scheduler available for renewing ID cards. Click here for more details.
The Patient's Role in Patient Care
When it comes to health care, many perceive doctors as having the final word when it comes to managing their patients' care. Although doctors and other health professionals play a major role, each individual is ultimately responsible for getting the care they need. Read more at: TRICARE Patient Care
Annual Retiree Appreciation Day
The Retiree Activities Office (RAO) at Fairchild Air Force Base hosts a Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) every year. All retirees and their families are encouraged to attend. The event usually includes a briefing by the Base Commander or his representative. Personnel from the 92d Medical Group, Base Exchange, Commissary, Veterans Administration, Eastern Washington Veterans Cemetery and others will be there with information about their programs. They also can answer questions and provide assistance with any problems you may have. Also blood pressure checks and mammograms are usually available.
For information about the next RAD call (509) 247-5359 Monday thru Friday from 1000 to 1400