TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Two Counties in Massachusetts due to Flooding
FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in two counties in Massachusetts may receive emergency prescription refills now through Sept. 23, 2023, due to flooding.
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. – When it comes to medical emergencies, your dental health may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But dental emergencies do happen, and they can happen anywhere, at any time.
Fortunately, the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) covers emergency dental care. As noted in the TRICARE Dental Program Handbook, you’ll pay no cost-share for emergency dental services regardless of your pay grade or location. But there are still steps you may need to take to ensure your teeth and gums stay protected. Remember, the most important step in any dental emergency is to get to a dentist as soon as possible.
“In any emergency, it’s important to act quickly,” said Doug Elsesser, program analyst with the Defense Health Agency’s TRICARE Dental Program. “With a bit of preparation and knowledge, you may be able to keep the damage to a minimum.”
If an emergency does happen, it’s important to find a dentist right away. Remember to always keep your dentist’s contact information with you so you’re ready if an emergency arises.
You can also prepare a dental emergency kit to help you deal with pain, bleeding, and other problems until you can see a dentist. This kit should contain items such as:
Wondering what may be considered a dental emergency? These symptoms may require emergency care:
Remember, you’ll need to contact a dentist first to identify a true emergency. If you don’t have a regular dentist, you can use the Find a Dentist tool.
Contacting your dentist is key, but there are other steps you can take if something serious happens to one of your teeth.
If you have a cracked or broken tooth, you should rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area surrounding the affected tooth. Then, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
If your tooth is knocked out, take the following steps to protect it until you reach the dentist:
In the event of a dental emergency, remember to keep calm and use these tips to help you prepare, identify, and respond.
Looking for more dental health tips and information about your TDP benefits? Check out the latest TRICARE Dental Program Health Matters Newsletter.
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Your TRICARE plan might be only part of your health care coverage. If you have additional coverage through your employer, your spouse’s employer, or a private insurance program, you have other health insurance (OHI). Here are six tips to help you learn how TRICARE works when you also use OHI.
The Military Health System (MHS) is responsible for the overall oral health and readiness of service members—both active and the Reserve component. Additionally, the MHS offers dental insurance plans that all other TRICARE beneficiaries can purchase if they choose.
Premiums are what you pay each month for TRICARE Dental Program coverage. New TDP rates are effective May 1, 2023, through April 30, 2024.
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