SHIPMATE RAYMOND APPLEWHITE HAS ACCEPTED A ONE YEAR EXTENSION ON THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (SECNAV) RETIREE COUNCIL. THE SECNAV RETIREE COUNCIL ADVISES SECNAV ON EMERGING ISSUES IMPORTANT TO AN EVER GROWING COMMUNITY OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS RETIREES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS. CONGRATULATIONS RAYMOND.

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ATTENTION SHIPMATES

THE BRANCH HAS EMBROIDERED SHORT SLEEVE POLYESTER PULLOVER SHIRTS AVAILABLE TO BRANCH MEMBERS FOR $15.00. THE EMBROIDERY OVER THE LEFT BREAST POCKET INCLUDES: FRA BRANCH 208 JACKSONVILLE, NC. ANYONE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING A SHIRT CAN CONTACT MARK ROGERS AT MROGERS5@EC.RR.COM OR CALL HIM AT 910-382-3173.

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TRICARE Benefit Changes October 1
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As of October 1, 2015, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty service members, to get select brand name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost.

Maintenance drugs are drugs you take regularly for a long time, such as to control blood pressure or cholesterol. The law does not apply to drugs you take for a short time, like antibiotics, or generic drugs. If you live overseas, or have other prescription drug coverage, you are not affected.

The TRICARE pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts, sent a letter to affected beneficiaries in September explaining their options. Beneficiaries can contact Express Scripts at 1-877-363-1303 if they have any questions.

Now, beneficiaries who fill an affected drug at a retail pharmacy will get another letter from Express Scripts. After that, beneficiaries have one final “courtesy” fill at a retail pharmacy. If they fill at a retail
pharmacy again, they have to pay 100 percent of the cost of their medication.

TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is a safe, convenient and low cost option to get maintenance drugs. You’ll save up to $176 a year for each brand name drug you switch from retail to Home Delivery. If you want to use a military pharmacy, make sure to check first to see if they carry your prescription.
For more about this change to TRICARE’s pharmacy benefit, visit www.tricare.mil/RxNewRules.