Tricare released good news for military families. Families like ours will soon be permitted two in-network urgent care visits per family member, per fiscal year, without pre-approval. This is good news not only for families, but also for medical care facilities. Care for acute illnesses is often difficult to obtain, due to appointment scarcity, so we are sometimes left with no choice but to visit an emergency rooms, in non-emergency situations.
For families like ours, who are stationed overseas but find ourselves traveling in the US, with no primary care provider to turn to, being able to visit an urgent care clinic for a sudden ear infection, or onset of strep throat, can make a huge difference in the amount of time and cost spent, for both the family and Tricare. This is a pilot program to investigate whether the referral-free urgent care visits help to eliminate the overuse of emergency rooms in non emergency situations.
Read more about it here.