Military retirement is a huge adjustment. Not only must military retirees adjust to a reduced income, but they must also start to pay out-of-pocket expenses for many things that they took for granted, such as some health care costs. However, retirees who are receiving Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) may be eligible for TRICARE’s CRSC travel benefits to help cover the costs of fuel, lodging, parking and tolls when they travel to receive treatment.
When Do the Travel Benefits Kick In?
According to the September 2010 issue of the Afterburner. News for USAF Retired Personnel, TRICARE provides reimbursement for travel-related expenses when a military retiree has to travel 100 miles or more from their referring provider’s location in order to obtain medically necessary, non-emergency specialty care for a combat-related disability that was sustained while they were on active duty.
Who Qualifies for TRICARE’s CRSC Travel Benefit?
In order to qualify for TRICARE’s CRSC travel benefit, military retirees must reside in the United States and be covered under TRICARE Standard or TRICARE for Life. Those who are registered in TRICARE Prime, including beneficiaries who are registered in the U.S. Family Health Plan, are eligible for the TRICARE Prime Travel Benefit to help cover costs.
Can Attendants Receive Reimbursement for Travel-related Expenses?
TRICARE allows certain attendants who accompany you to your medical appointment to receive reimbursement for their travel-related expenses. However, in order to qualify, the referring medical provider must verify in writing that an attendant is medically necessary (i.e. you are unable to drive and require assistance to attend your appointment) and must travel with you. TRICARE allows reimbursement to attendants who are the parent, legal guardian, spouse, or another adult family member over the age of 21.
How to Receive Reimbursement
To learn more about expenses that will be reimbursed and what you can do to claim reimbursement, you should contact your TRICARE Regional Office for more information. The TRICARE Regional Office will help you to establish expenses that can be reimbursed and how to receive authorisation for the payment of travel-related expenses.
Travel expenses can soon add up if you must travel to receive medical treatment. However, military retirees who are receiving Combat-Related Special Compensation may be eligible for travel benefits to reimburse such expenses as fuel, lodging, parking and tolls. Contact your TRICARE Regional Office to learn more about how to make a claim.
Air Force Retiree Services, Afterburner. News for USAF Retired Personnel. September 2010