Articles from ARMY Magazine, Headline News, and AUSA News on medical treatment of U.S. Soldiers, Retirees, Veterans, and Military Families

Army Medicine Answered the COVID-19 Call

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Army Medicine Answered the COVID-19 Call

Military medical transformation, turning hospitals and clinics over to the Defense Health Agency, continues while COVID-19-related missions continue to be a major effort, the Army surgeon general told Congress. 

Army Medical Leaders Speak at AUSA Webinar

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Army Medical Leaders Speak at AUSA Webinar

The command team for Army Medical Command will speak April 12 at a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, the Army surgeon general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Diamond Hough, senior enlisted leader for Medical Command, will provide updates on COVID-19 vaccinations, talk about soldiers’ contributions to the fight against the disease, and discuss medical readiness.

Tricare Open Season Now Underway

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Tricare Open Season Now Underway

Retirees and eligible beneficiaries who use Tricare can now enroll in or make changes to their health care coverage.

Tricare open season began Nov. 9 and will run through Dec. 14. During this time, beneficiaries who use Tricare Prime or Tricare Select can make changes as needed. Any enrollments or changes go into effect Jan. 1.

This year, some retirees who use Tricare Select must take action to make sure they don’t lose health care coverage in the new year. 

Retirees Urged to Prepare for New Tricare Select Fees

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Retirees Urged to Prepare for New Tricare Select Fees

Military retirees affected by new monthly enrollment fees for Tricare Select health care coverage can now set up their automatic payments.

The monthly enrollment fees kick in Jan. 1, 2021.

Mandated in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the change applies to Group A retirees, whose initial enlistment or appointment occurred before Jan. 1, 2018, and their beneficiaries. This marks the first time this group of beneficiaries will be charged such fees.

Medical Soldiers Ready to Support COVID-19 Response

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Medical Soldiers Ready to Support COVID-19 Response

Soldiers learned valuable lessons on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight in hard-hit New York and New Jersey earlier this year, and they remain ready to respond again if needed.

“I’m really proud of the work that was done there,” Col. Kimberlee Aiello, commander of the 44th Medical Brigade, said during a recent press briefing.

Deployed Army Hospital Readies for Patients

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Deployed Army Hospital Readies for Patients

Roughly 500 soldiers are on the ground setting up an emergency 250-bed field hospital in the Seattle area as it prepares to open to patients, senior leaders said.

“We’ll be ready to go early next week,” said Lt. Col. Jason Hughes, commander of the 10th Field Hospital, during a press briefing April 2.

Inside the CenturyLink Field Event Center, Army medical staff will see non-COVID-19 patients to alleviate some stress on local hospitals and clinics overwhelmed by the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations

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Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations

Facing what it calls a “severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations,” the American Red Cross is asking healthy people to consider giving critically needed blood.

Blood shortages are a fallout from the coronavirus outbreak that has led many businesses to close or greatly reduce operations.

“Donating blood is a safe process, and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood,” the Red Cross says in a statement. “Eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon.”

Army Boosts Training for Combat Medics

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Army Boosts Training for Combat Medics

The Army is continuing to grow a program that partners with civilian hospitals and trauma centers to give combat medics more hands-on experience, the Army surgeon general said.

“Our program is growing tremendously within the Army,” Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle told the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on defense March 5.