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Tricare approves waivers for beneficiaries in tornado-affected Oklahoma

May. 24, 2013 - 12:43PM   |  
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Tricare is waiving required referrals for specialty care and emergency prescription refills for its beneficiaries in Oklahoma affected by the May 20 tornado.

Officials announced Friday they will waive a requirement for Tricare Prime in the Tinker Air Force Base area to obtain authorization before seeing a specialist as recommended by their primary care providers. They will not be charged a penalty fee for not having the required referral authorizations.

Tricare also is temporarily suspending an “emergency refill too soon” waiver that is required when a patient seeks to refill medications before they have used their current supplies.

The waiver for having to obtain a specialty care referral is effective from May 20 through June 19; the emergency refill waiver is effective through June 17 in five Oklahoma counties: Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie.

More information is available on Tricare’s Oklahama disaster alert page.

“Each [waiver] is designed to ensure military families and retirees have access to health care services and medications during this stressful time,” Tricare officials said.

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