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Month: December 2020

Are you a retiree who will lose Tricare Select coverage Jan. 1? Here’s what to do.





I am passing along this article published in today’s Military Times. 

Are you a retiree who will lose Tricare Select coverage Jan. 1? Here’s what to do.

More than 850,000 retirees and their family members who were enrolled in Tricare Select must now pay enrollment fees.  Are you a military retiree who will lose Tricare Select coverage? You may not realize it yet — and you should take action to reinstate your coverage.

In 2021, for the first time, more than 850,000 retirees and family members enrolled in Tricare Select, must pay enrollment fees in order to continue their coverage. If you haven’t responded to the Defense Department’s clarion call to contact your Tricare regional contractor to set up a payment process, you lost coverage as of Jan. 1, and you’ll soon find your health care claims are denied.

But all is not lost. Defense officials have taken some steps to mitigate the impact on those who don’t set up their payments, said Mark Ellis, chief of policy and programs for the Tricare Health Plan.

These are so-called “Group A” retirees and their dependents — working-age retirees under age 65 who entered the military before Jan. 1, 2018, their family members and survivors. Previously, these beneficiaries didn’t have to pay enrollment fees for Tricare Select, but a 2017 law required the Defense Department to start charging these enrollment fees by Jan. 1, 2021. This doesn’t affect Tricare for Life.

The new fees are $12.50 per month or $150 a year for an individual; and $25 a month, or $300 a year, for family coverage. These retirees/beneficiaries were urged to set up a payment process by the end of 2020 through their regional Tricare contractor, using allotment, recurring credit card or debit card transactions, or electronic funds transfer.

Tricare officials have extended the grace period for people to reinstate their Tricare Select coverage, from 90 days to 180 days, Ellis said. That means those who are terminated can pay their missed monthly premiums, and the coverage will be retroactive. Tricare will then pay the claims that were denied back to Jan. 1 because of the coverage termination.

Tricare officials have also directed the Tricare regional contractors to make at least three phone calls to households whose coverage was terminated because they didn’t set up their payments. They’ll call the home phone, cell phone, work phone, speaking to an adult in the household, letting them know their coverage has been terminated and what they can do to reinstate the coverage, Ellis said.

Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first?




This message is being sent for your reference and information from the VA and our Post.

Thanks to our Service Officer Tom Buckton for continuing to provide us all with vital information.  Please refer to our December Newsletter for additional information such as this.

We wish you all the best of thoughts and prayers, during these trying times.  

Please keep all of our members in mind as we put 2020 behind us and look forward to a safer and more enjoyable year.

Due to COVID restrictions at this time, we will probably not have a January meeting, but we hope to have one in February 2021, even if it is in a field somewhere.  

If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Respectfully and may the Great Architect of the Universe Hold us in the Palms of His Hands,

Max Wix

Commander, American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281


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Date: Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 7:29 AM
Subject: Covid-19 Vaccine VA News
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Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine.  We have a limited amount of this vaccine to start.

We’ve worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to develop a phased plan that will help us do the most good for the most people during this time. Under this phased plan, we’ll first offer vaccines to Veterans in our long-term care facilities and frontline VA health care workers.  Vaccinating our health care workers first helps us continue providing care for Veterans.

After 2 groups, we’ll begin to offer vaccines to more Veterans who are at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Your VA health care team will contact you if you’re eligible to get a vaccine during this time.

We will follow CDC guidelines for determining who is considered to be at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Factors that may influence the risk of severe disease include the following:

  • Age. The risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 increases with age.
  • Existing health problems. People with certain health problems (like diabetes, heart disease, or obesity) have a higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.
  • Other factors that raise a person’s risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, such as living in a nursing home or other group living facility.

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Respectfully and Semper Fidelis,

Max Wix

Commander, American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

December 2020 Newsletter


Fellow Legionnaires, family and friends We send you greetings once again at this holiday season. We continue to remain hopeful that this newsletter finds your families all doing well in the midst of the ongoing and current increase of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We wish to acknowledge the continuing efforts of the Post 281 members, our Sons of the American Legion, our American Legion Riders and our Post 281 Auxiliary for all of your ongoing efforts and staying the course.

On 30 November 2020, your Executive Committee held a Zoom meeting seeking a path forward, yet keeping everyone accessible and remaining safe when we can get together. With COVID on the rise again, we WILL NOT have a meeting in December nor a Christmas Dinner this year. The Senior Center remains closed through the year’s end…

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