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TRICARE and You – Losing your provider or network doctor

For any number of reasons you may lose access to your TRICARE doctor. Your provider may elect to no longer accept TRICARE, may retire, move, or leave medical practice. Regardless of the reason, the result is that you and your dependents may no longer have a doctor. Read the full blog to find out what steps to take if you lose your network doctor!


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12 Days on Polar Star

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is currently headed to Antarctica for its annual mission, Operation Deep Freeze. During Antarctic deployments, the cutter’s primary mission is to break a channel through the sea ice to ensure that resupply ships can reach the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Research […]


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Spread Coast Guard cheer everywhere with these printable gift tags

Do you love free holiday printables? Well look no further! These printable gift tags are the perfect addition to your gifts this year to show your Coast Guard pride. We hope this printable spreads Coast Guard cheer everywhere!


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TRICARE and You – Reminder: Implemented Pharmacy Changes

Express Scripts added Walgreens to the TRICARE retail pharmacy network on Dec. 1, 2016, but CVS and CVS pharmacies in Target stores are no longer in the network. If you are still filling prescriptions at a CVS pharmacy, you need to transfer all your prescriptions now to avoid paying full retail price for your medication. The Health Safety Work Life service Center will walk you through the steps to transfer your prescription to a network pharmacy or to set up home delivery.


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Our service’s response to the attack on Pearl Harbor

Today, we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor that took the lives of more than 2,000 Americans on Dec. 7, 1941. The Coast Guard immediately offered helping hands and provided support as accustomed and trained to do. Today we use those same principles during times of crisis, and we remain a steady and vigilant organization on which others can depend. Here are just a few examples of how our service reacted that fateful day. These stories remind us that our past has shaped our service.


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TRICARE and You – Prime vs. standard enrollment

Whether you are new to the Coast Guard or a seasoned vet, the difference between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Standard can be a bit confusing, and trying to decide which plan is right your family can be a bit overwhelming. If you are struggling with which plan to choose, read the full post to learn more!


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Holiday Safety Message from Health, Safety, and Work-Life

While many of you will be participating in traditional holiday activities, others will continue to carry out Coast Guard missions. Whether you are on leave, traveling, or standing the watch, I urge you to be safe during the holidays. The holiday season is an excellent time to consider conducting unit safety stand-downs. Let’s take a pause and remind ourselves of the hazards associated with an often hectic and rushed period in our lives. Read the full post to learn more about preventing mishaps, managing risk, and properly preparing for your travels.


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General Messages Weekly Round-up

This week’s General Messages Weekly Round-up highlights information regarding the Human Capital Strategy and Duty to People, including specialty considered selections, military separations and the C-school dashboard, as well as announcing recipients of several awards. Read the full post to find out more!


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Coast Guard Family Month: Annual verifications help ensure your family receives the right benefits

Hello from Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center (PPC). We’d like to remind you that November is the month when all members are required to self-validate through the annual verification process. This is a time to review and update all documentation for entitlements and dependency statuses to ensure that you and your family are getting the correct pay and benefits. PPC is passionately committed to providing the very best in customer service. We know what we do every day has a direct impact on so many lives and we take that seriously. As we celebrate the upcoming holidays and focus on family, please know our family is taking of yours!


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Coast Guard Family Month: Joining the Coast Guard benefits your family

Do you know someone who is thinking of joining the Coast Guard? Are YOU thinking about joining the Coast Guard? Do you know about all of the benefits you would receive, or are you concerned about your family? Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package, and many of these benefits will directly or indirectly positively impact your family. In addition to a steady salary, members receive free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more. Your dependents can also receive great benefits as well! Read the full post to find out more!


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