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Tricare Prime beneficiaries referred by their primary care manager for specialty services at a location more than 100 miles from their provider's office may be eligible to have their travel expenses reimbursed by Tricare at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Beneficiaries must have a valid referral and travel orders prior to traveling and file an official claim upon their return. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal)
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Posted 11/15/2012   Updated 11/16/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Senior Airman Whitney Tucker
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs


11/15/2012 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- It is a little known fact that Tricare Prime beneficiaries referred by their primary care manager for specialty services at a location more than 100 miles from their provider's office may be eligible to have their travel expenses reimbursed by Tricare.
 
According to the Tricare website, beneficiaries must have a valid referral and travel orders prior to traveling and file an official claim upon their return. This can be requested at the military treatment facility or from the Tricare Regional Offices if the doctor is a Tricare network provider. Beneficiaries will receive a briefing on the entitlement process, coverage and their responsibilities at the MTF or from the TRO point of contact.

"Reasonable travel expenses" are the actual costs incurred by the beneficiary when traveling to their specialty provider. Costs include meals, gas, tolls, parking and tickets for public transportation such as airplanes, trains and buses. Beneficiaries must submit receipts for expenses exceeding $75. The MTF or TRO will provide the beneficiary with specific instructions on how and where to submit travel entitlement claims. Government rates are used to estimate the reasonable cost and beneficiaries are expected to use the most economical mode of transportation. Costs of lodging and meals may be reimbursed up to the government per diem rate.

For more information on the Tricare Prime travel reimbursement, refer to the official Tricare website or contact patient administration at 575-784-6975.



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