Military Retirees Using Military Pharmacies

limblips

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PREMO Member
No alarm bells but I found this article online. https://www.yahoo.com/news/retirees-active-duty-families-could-155242128.html So far Pax River is still filling prescriptions, but I got a little alarmed and got all my son's prescriptions called in before they change their mind and do something drastic at Pax. Just wanted to put it out there.
Why are you not enrolled in ExpressScripts? As a retiree with a few medical issues I have been receiving my meds for over 3 years in the mail with no issues. No trips to the pharmacy.
 

SailorGirl

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Why are you not enrolled in ExpressScripts? As a retiree with a few medical issues I have been receiving my meds for over 3 years in the mail with no issues. No trips to the pharmacy.
I've had things taken from the mailbox and my son has epilepsy - I can't take that risk. Question for you though - how much do you pay for prescriptions if you don't mind me asking?
 

limblips

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PREMO Member
Many are free. Some are $7.00 for 90 day supply. My biggest is my insulin $53.00 for a 3 month supply. They even contact me when I need to update the script. A phone call to PCP and I get an electronic renewal. If you are having things taken from your mailbox you need to notify the PO. Another thing you can do is take a walk around the hood and pick up some nice fresh dog $hit with a ziplock bag. Box it up nicely with your address and leave it in the mailbox. The hotter the weather the better.
 

PeoplesElbow

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Many are free. Some are $7.00 for 90 day supply. My biggest is my insulin $53.00 for a 3 month supply. They even contact me when I need to update the script. A phone call to PCP and I get an electronic renewal. If you are having things taken from your mailbox you need to notify the PO. Another thing you can do is take a walk around the hood and pick up some nice fresh dog $hit with a ziplock bag. Box it up nicely with your address and leave it in the mailbox. The hotter the weather the better.
Dont forget the glitter.

 

SailorGirl

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Many are free. Some are $7.00 for 90 day supply. My biggest is my insulin $53.00 for a 3 month supply. They even contact me when I need to update the script. A phone call to PCP and I get an electronic renewal. If you are having things taken from your mailbox you need to notify the PO. Another thing you can do is take a walk around the hood and pick up some nice fresh dog $hit with a ziplock bag. Box it up nicely with your address and leave it in the mailbox. The hotter the weather the better.
That's good to know - I should probably check into it one day - I have better control of the mail since I retired and even better now that Hogan grounded me.
 

SailorGirl

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Many are free. Some are $7.00 for 90 day supply. My biggest is my insulin $53.00 for a 3 month supply. They even contact me when I need to update the script. A phone call to PCP and I get an electronic renewal. If you are having things taken from your mailbox you need to notify the PO. Another thing you can do is take a walk around the hood and pick up some nice fresh dog $hit with a ziplock bag. Box it up nicely with your address and leave it in the mailbox. The hotter the weather the better.
Yeah but I like the mailman - wouldn't subject him to that..
 

BernieP

Resident PIA
DoD does not expect any of these limitations to be a routine practice but rather a case-by-case determination based on the severity of the spread of COVID-19
Sorry, I find statements like this humorous. When a bureaucracy says they don't expect something to be permanent, you can count on it being permanent once they have hit a cost savings.
Sort of like how an HMO works, we will pay you more if you don't see patients.
 

SailorGirl

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Sorry, I find statements like this humorous. When a bureaucracy says they don't expect something to be permanent, you can count on it being permanent once they have hit a cost savings.
Sort of like how an HMO works, we will pay you more if you don't see patients.
That's what I'm afraid of and it ticks me off - my medical benefits upon retirement were a large part of the reason I stuck it out for twenty.
 

BernieP

Resident PIA
That's what I'm afraid of and it ticks me off - my medical benefits upon retirement were a large part of the reason I stuck it out for twenty.
be glad you receive anything in retirement after 20 years.
In private industry people have worked for 40 years thinking they would receive a pension only to find out the rules changed and they aren't getting a check. Most places 20 will get you a cup of coffee.
 

itsbob

I bowl overhand
If you're dependent on the base pharmacy may want to look at the other Tri-care options.

We have the no premium TriCare, not allowed to use the base Pharmacy or Clinic.

We have a supplemental insurance that cost about the same as TriCare (the other plan)... and we have near zero medical cost, don't need referrals to see specialists and can basically go to any doctor or hospital we want to.

I've had Kids in John's Hopkins, one child at Children's MANY times, never got permission or referrals, solely dr decisions, and I honestly don't remember it costing us anything.

Prescriptions cost a little bit (pharmacies have a hard time figuring out the supplemental) but we can also use mail order system.
 

SailorGirl

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be glad you receive anything in retirement after 20 years.
In private industry people have worked for 40 years thinking they would receive a pension only to find out the rules changed and they aren't getting a check. Most places 20 will get you a cup of coffee.
I am forever grateful to the military and the promises they made, but I did serve my country faithfully for the 20 years they required in order to earn those benefits. That option and promise was open to just about everyone who cared to serve. I kept my promise - I expect them to keep theirs. And yes I do feel badly for those in private industry that are getting screwed over.
 
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SailorGirl

Well-Known Member
If you're dependent on the base pharmacy may want to look at the other Tri-care options.

We have the no premium TriCare, not allowed to use the base Pharmacy or Clinic.

We have a supplemental insurance that cost about the same as TriCare (the other plan)... and we have near zero medical cost, don't need referrals to see specialists and can basically go to any doctor or hospital we want to.

I've had Kids in John's Hopkins, one child at Children's MANY times, never got permission or referrals, solely dr decisions, and I honestly don't remember it costing us anything.

Prescriptions cost a little bit (pharmacies have a hard time figuring out the supplemental) but we can also use mail order system.
I am more than satisfied with my Tricare plan and the medical coverage I receive. I would only be unhappy with the change at Patuxent, if they elect to do so, because of my son's medication and his epilepsy, as he takes massive amounts of medicine to control his seizures. The cost is my concern now more than anything else and maybe one day I'll actually be able to sit down with a Tricare representative who can break it down for me. For the time being I don't have to worry - his Navy doctor prescribed a whole buttload of his normal prescriptions well beyond what I would normally be able to get because of the coronavirus and Pax will have it filled by Monday. I merely put the word out for regular users of the pharmacy for planning purposes
 
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