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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.
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COPAY INCREASE
2/2/2015 - FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFRNS)  -- New copayments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE will go into effect Feb. 1 because the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase most pharmacy copays by $3.

Drugs from military pharmacies and generic drugs from TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery still cost beneficiaries nothing.

TRICARE pharmacy copays vary based on the class of drug and where beneficiaries choose to fill their prescriptions.  Home delivery copays for formulary brand name drugs are going from $13 to $16, and for non-formulary from $43 to $46. People can get up to a 90-day supply of drugs through home delivery.

At the retail pharmacy network, copays for generic formulary drugs go from $5 to $8, brand name formulary go from $17 to $20 and non-formulary from $44 to $47.  People can get up to a 30-day supply of drugs at retail pharmacies.

Some pharmacy copays are not changing in 2015, say TRICARE officials.  Military pharmacies remain the lowest cost option for beneficiaries, with no cost for drugs, and generic formulary medications at home delivery remain free. Home delivery is a low cost, safe and convenient way for TRICARE beneficiaries to get their maintenance medications, added officials.

Copays at non-network retail pharmacies will also change, based on the changes to retail copays. For more details, visit http://www.tricare.mil/pharmacycosts for the TRICARE pharmacy costs page.

These changes in the NDAA overrule previous rules passed by Congress in 2013 that connected TRICARE pharmacy copays to the retiree cost-of-living adjustment. (Courtesy of TRICARE Benefit Updates)

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
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Fairchild AFB RAO sponsors an annual Retiree Appreciation Day. The usual activities include a Health Fair including flu shots (when available), information tables with representatives from veterans service organizations, government agencies such as the Social Security Administration, TRICARE, the Exchange and the Base Medical Clinic. The program also includes a series of speakers presenting topics of interest to military retirees.

The next RAD will be held on 2 October 2015 at the Red Morgan Event Center (formerly the Fairchild Club).  Registration will be start at 0800.
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The base RAO is located at 7 W Arnold St, Bldg 2040, Suite 109. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Phone:  (509) 247-5359
Email:  rao.fairchild@us.af.mil    

The Satellite RAO is located at 825 Jadwin Ave, Room 138 in Richland, Wash. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday thru Friday

Phone:  (509) 376-7588
Email:    military_rao@rl.gov

If you would like to receive updates from the RAO about current issues or upcoming events/activities for retirees send an email  with "ADD" in the subject line.

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