The Military Health System (MHS) is making changes to TRICARE, the entitlement program that provides health care to the uniformed military service members and their families in the US and abroad. Military families who have children with disabilities may encounter changes that affect their children’s providers and services. Here’s our updates:
Did you know that the adult-aged child of an active duty or retired service member may qualify to retain their military medical benefits and other base privileges after age 21 if they meet the following criteria? The adult child, also referred to as the “Incapacitated Adult Child” must be
- Incapable of providing his or her own support
- Dependent on the sponsor (military parent) for at least 50 percent of his or her support (if the sponsor is deceased, the child must have received over 50 percent of his or her support from the sponsor at the time of death)
- Incapacitation must have occurred prior to age 21 or age 23 if the adult child is enrolled as a full-time student
- Unmarried—if the child marries and subsequently becomes unmarried due to divorce, annulment, or the death of the spouse, the sponsor is able to apply for reinstatement of the child’s benefits and entitlements as long as the adult child meets all other requirements.
We’ve created a guide to our most useful materials on military families: their culture, their unique needs, and the military systems that support them when they have a child with a disability. There is something for every staff member, from those with lengthy experience working with military families to those just starting out. AND-links to parent handouts, including 3 handouts you can brand with your Parent Center logo!
Parent Center staff are knowledgeable about State and local legal resources for families, but military families have unique circumstances that can call for out-of-state or specialized assistance. For example, when they move to a new duty station, they may need to find a lawyer in the State to which they are moving to help them establish a new guardianship for an adult child with disabilities. Fortunately there is an online resource from the American Bar Association: ABA Home Front, created to help military families get legal assistance both on and off the installation.
To open a map, find the “Maps” tab below the logo area on our website, branchta.org. Hover over the tab to select your region’s map from the drop-down menu, or click on the tab to see a page of direct links to the regional maps.
TRICARE has recently expanded their services for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders. These changes have been made to give beneficiaries more options for their care and affect the following:
When a military parent dies while serving, their child may express their grief through behavior changes. This can be especially true for children who experience communication difficulties. Parent Center staff may get a call from the surviving parent when the child’s grief has a negative impact at school.
What is it?
Military OneSource is a Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information, referral and assistance on every aspect of military life. It is both a call center only for DoD Service Members and their families and a website available to any person who “signs up” as a provider.
UPDATE June 2017: Current States whose non-enhanced State driver’s licenses or IDs are not accepted on military installations:
Oregon, Alaska, Oklahoma, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania Washington, Montana, Minnesota, Missouri and Maine are on the list of those States that do not comply with federal identification standards and whose IDs cannot be used to enter federal facilities, including military installations.
For some military kids, Memorial Day has a deeply personal meaning. They belong to a special group of families that Parent Center staff may encounter: Gold Star Families. Gold Star Families have lost a loved one in military service to our country. These families need support and resources to help their children deal with the impact of their parent’s death, and to help the adults cope with their new reality. Continue reading “Remembering Gold Star Kids”