FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The second annual Tricare Open Season will take place from Nov. 11 through Dec. 9. During this time, you can enroll in or change your Tricare plan. Choose from Tricare Prime (including the US Family Health Plan) or Tricare Select. Picking a health plan is an important and…

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Culinary Specialist (Submarine) 2nd Class Anthony Powell (left) and Culinary Specialist Seaman Emelia Rosenquist (right) set up a cupcake display in Cross Hall Galley onboard Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London, Oct. 1. Cross Hall Galley put on a display of pink cupcakes in observance o…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Separating from active duty can be a busy time. And easing back into civilian life may require a transitional health plan. Leaving active duty is a Tricare Qualifying Life Event (QLE). During this time, you have 90 days from your separation date to change to another healt…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Routine eye exams can help keep your vision strong. The National Eye Institute reports that a comprehensive eye exam can identify common vision problems and prevent diseases that may lead to vision loss or blindness. Tricare health plans may include an eye exam or other s…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - If you’re planning to travel overseas this summer, your Tricare coverage goes with you. However, the rules vary based on your sponsor status, your location, and your health plan. Familiarize yourself with your plan’s rules and these tips so you know what to do if you have…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Did you know that there’re more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide? Most cause nothing more than an itch. But three species bear most of the responsibility for the spread of certain serious diseases. Reduce your risk of getting these diseases by taking steps to pr…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The school year is just around the corner. Make sure to send your child back to school with a healthy smile. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “dental disease alone causes children to miss more than 51 million school hours each year.” Before the new scho…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - As summer draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the approaching school year. Preventive services, routine immunizations, and health screenings are the best ways to make sure your kids are healthy and ready to hit the books. Tricare covers many preventive health car…

NORFOLK - Now that we are two-thirds of the way through “101 Critical Days of Summer,” and much of the country bears through extreme heat conditions, the Naval Safety Center would like to remind you be smart about the heat. Whether you are deployed, in port, or off duty, Sailors must be mind…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - If you’re planning to travel overseas this summer, your Tricare coverage goes with you. However, the rules vary based on your sponsor status, your location, and your health plan. Familiarize yourself with your plan’s rules and these tips so you know what to do if you have…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Summer is when you and your family may fulfill new orders and move to a new duty station. If you move this summer, don’t forget to update your information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Being able to use Tricare depends on keeping DEERS up…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Summer is here, and that means sunny weather is here to stay. Soaking up the sun is one of the best parts about summer. However, make sure to protect your skin when enjoying the sun-filled days ahead. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can ca…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The United States is currently experiencing the highest number of measles cases since 1994. Here are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about measles in the Department of Defense:

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Did your child graduate from college, but hasn’t yet launched a career? Not to worry, Tricare may still be available to provide health care coverage. A change in family composition, like when your child becomes an adult, is a Tricare Qualifying Life Event (QLE). QLEs may …

FARMINGTON, Conn. - The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. 

NORWICH, Conn. - Whether in everyday life or in work situations, the ability to recognize life-threatening emergencies and provide high-quality CPR can save someone’s life. These skills and more can be learned in the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BSL) course offered at Three…

NEWPORT, R.I. - Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE) Newport and its three branch clinics (NBHC Groton, NBHC Portsmouth, and NBHC Saratoga Springs) have achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for another three years by demonstrating continuous compliance with performance st…

KINAWA, Japan — Behavioral health specialists report depression and suicide ideation rates increase during the holiday season and into the post-holiday period in the Marine Corps, according to the Headquarters Marine Corps Force Preservation Directorate.

GROTON, Conn. - You must be eligible for military health care in order to receive services at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Groton, including mammography. The phone number for scheduling your mammography appointment is (860) 694-4873.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - If you were to change anything about your lifestyle, what would it be? Most of us have things about our lives that we would like to change. For some of us it might be sleeping better, losing weight, or exercising more. And for some, it’s giving up smoking cigarettes.

FARMINGTON, Conn. — Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. To help meet the constant demand for lifesaving blood donations and prevent blood shortages this winter, the American Red Cross is urging individuals and organizations to be winter heroes by hosting a blood drive.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among males, second only to skin cancer, and affects more than 3 million men in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, health care providers are encouragi…

MYSTIC, Conn. - Join us for this exciting new Meditation series at the Mystic & Noank Library! The class, which will go for an hour and a half, will meet Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for five weeks on the following dates (the room that the class is held in may vary): Oct. 12, 19, and 26; Nov. 2 and 9.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The best way to keep the flu at bay is prevention. Make sure you and your family members use your Tricare benefit and get a flu shot. You can also adopt good practices to avoid the spread of germs. Flu viruses are serious, contagious viruses that can lead to hospitalizati…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - When it comes to staying healthy, some years are better than others. Perhaps you or your family faced a bumpy road this year. There may have been extensive medical tests or procedures, lengthy hospital stays, or weekly doctor visits. You may have reached — or are close to…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Whether you’re looking to change your primary care manager (PCM) or find a specialty care provider, you have options with TRICARE. With directories at your fingertips, you can take command of your health and your Tricare benefit.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - For many, summer heat brings more outdoor play for the entire family. But being outside also increases your risk of getting a tick-borne disease. You can protect your loved ones and pets from the dangers of Lyme disease. Know how to decrease your risk of tick bites and re…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - I always thought about quitting smoking. I hated the taste, the smell on my clothes, the constant coughing and belabored breathing. But I thought it made me feel better emotionally — even though I felt worse physically.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Add lice to the list of four-letter words that make people cringe. The wingless parasites are itchy and bothersome, and an infestation is often embarrassing to admit and challenging to conquer. But at least lice have something going for them that a lot of other bugs don’t…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Regardless of where this summer takes you, be aware of the bugs and insects that you may encounter along your way. Many can carry harmful diseases. Whether you're traveling across the world or across the state, get familiar with common symptoms and learn how Tricare cover…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Do you have Tricare Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) coverage now? If so, then you need to know that the TRDP will end Dec. 31, 2018. Not to worry — anyone who was in TRDP this year or would have been eligible for the plan, will be able to choose a dental plan from among 10 …

Chaplain (Commander) Ronald Rinaldi and Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class [INSERT NAME HERE] Edison run a booth offering information about religious programs and services offered on Naval Submarine Base New London during a Health and Safety Fair held on SUBASE, July 17.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the sun, outdoor dining, and water activities. Although fun, these summer activities can pose some risks to your health.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Summer vacation is the start of travel season for many military families. Tricare covers you when you travel on business or take a vacation with family. When traveling overseas, you should know what to do in the event of illness or other health issues.

NORFOLK - According to Naval Safety Center data, 16 Sailors and 11 Marines have died in off-duty drownings in the last five years.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Summertime is filled with special occasions focused on family, friends, and food. While cookouts and picnics are fun, food preparation and storage is a serious consideration in the summer months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that each year, …

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Approximately 6,200 Military Health System beneficiaries who are using a pen-injection prescription medication called Tanzeum to aid with managing their Type 2 diabetes will need to switch to an alternative in the wake of GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s announcement that it will st…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Summertime, and the livin’ is easy – or so the song goes. But for many men, summer is a difficult time of year to focus on fitness. Vacations and outdoor gatherings after work and on weekends can disrupt established routines – not to mention one’s best intentions to eat h…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Do you or your family member expect to experience a Qualifying Life Event (QLE), including planning to move this summer? If so, you’ll need to update your information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). To remain eligible for Tricare coverage, …

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Summertime, and the livin’ is easy – or so the song goes. But for many men, summer is a difficult time of year to focus on fitness. Vacations and outdoor gatherings after work and on weekends can disrupt established routines – not to mention one’s best intentions to eat h…