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Our mission is to provide assistance to military retirees including Guard and Reserve, surviving spouses and family members. We provide direct assistance, counseling, and current information on retiree related matters, or in many cases, find an agency or resource to resolve a retiree's concern.
The Retired Activities Office (RAO) at Naval Station Newport is located at the Fleet and Family Support Center, Building 1260, near the Navy Federal Credit Union/Navy Exchange complex. The office is staffed entirely by volunteers and volunteers are always welcomed to join their staff. They are open for business 0900 to 1200, Monday through Friday and are closed on weekends and federal holidays. Although walk-ins are welcomed, it is recommended that you call for an appointment. RAO phone number is (401) 841-4089.
Services provided include:
- Survivor's Benefit Plan Counseling
- Information On Programs, Rights, And Benefits When Requested
- Assistance to Resolve Conflicts Between Retirees And Various Government Agencies
- Location/Addresses and Phone numbers Of Various Federal/State/Local Agencies or Officials
- When Requested
- Find Resources to Resolve Retiree Questions/Concerns
LOCATIONS & CONTACT INFORMATION
Naval Station Newport
Fleet and Family Support Center
1260 Peary Street
Newport, RI 02841
(401) 841-4089-4380 or DSN 841-4089
NOTIFICATION OF RETIREE DEATH FORM
This form should be used to report the death of a military retiree. Though this is a difficult time, it's crucial to report the death of a military retiree promptly. Upon notification, DFAS will stop monthly payments to prevent overpayment and future collection of debt.
Please follow all instructions carefully. An improperly submitted form could cause overpayment or delay in paying any benefits the retiree's survivors may be entitled to. RAO Newport can assist you with this form. Please call (401) 841-4089 for an appointment.
RETIREE TRICARE MAIL ORDER PHARMACY PROGRAM UPDATE
Since some prescription drugs may no longer be available to retirees through local military pharmacies, more retirees may decide to use the local Retail Pharmacy Network or the Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy (TMOP) Program.
Compared to retail pharmacies, The TMOP can save you money on drugs for long term, ongoing medical conditions and can be convenient and easy to use. Co-payment for a 90-day supply of non controlled substances (up to 30-day supply for controlled substances) at TMOP is $3 for formulary generic drugs, $9 for formulary named drugs and $22 for non-formulary drugs. This represents a 66% savings over using retail pharmacies which require the same co-payment for a 30 day supply. For further information or registration forms, you can visit any of the Health Benefits Advisor (HBA) offices at the local Military Treatment Facilities or call the Tricare Region 2 Customer Service at 1-800-903-4680.
Effective 1 March 2003 Express Scripts replaced Merck Medco as the TMOP provider. Those retirees not previously utilizing the mail order program, but wish to participate may obtain registration forms, a beneficiary guide and other information by visiting the nearest HBA office, calling the Tricare Service Center at the above toll free number, or contacting Express Scripts toll free at 1-866-363-8667 or online at www.express-scripts.com.
Additionally, there is substantial information on overall administration of the local Navy pharmacy program and other medical matters contained in the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMPC) web site http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcp/Pages/default.aspx.
How TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy Program (TMOP) Works with Other Health Coverage Plans
If you have pharmacy benefit coverage under another health insurance (or "double coverage" as it is sometimes called), you must use up the pharmacy benefit from the insurance company before you may use the TRICARE prescription benefit in either retail pharmacies or the mail order program.
Medicare HMOs, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), and any Medigap supplemental insurance plans that include a pharmacy benefit, fall into this category. Under the double coverage rules, the other insurance will be the primary payer, and TRICARE will be the secondary payer. The law states that TRICARE must be the second payer to the other insurance coverage. This applies to pharmacy benefits, as well as, medical or surgical services.
Once OHI benefits have been exhausted, the TRICARE Pharmacy Program will pay the pharmacy costs, less the applicable co-payments, for the remainder of the year. To do so, beneficiaries will have to provide proof showing that OHI limits have been reached or exceeded. The TRICARE Pharmacy Program will also provide a benefit if the medication is not on the formulary (list of available medications) for your other insurance, but is on the DoD formulary. However, you will need to provide documentation indicating that the drug was not on the OHI formulary. For TRICARE Pharmacy Program services, you can submit an explanation of benefits (EOB) statement, or similar document, from your other insurance carrier to a TRICARE claims payer for your region. For the National Mail Order Pharmacy (NMOP) Program, you can send this documentation along with your CO-payment and prescription. For further details contact the TRICARE 1-877- 874-2273.
TRICARE For Life (TFL) was passed by Congress and signed into Public Law (PL. 106-398) on October 30, 2001. It was implemented by the Department of Defense on October 1, 2001, TFL restores TRICARE coverage for all Medicare-eligible retired beneficiaries who are enrolled in Medicare Part B. TFL effectively fulfills the promise of lifetime health care made to older retirees for a career in uniformed service.
SPACE AVAILABLE TRAVEL
Retirees and retiree dependants rate space available travel on military aircraft. To find out eligibility and category listings go to the following link: MilitarySpot.
SPACE AVAILABLE QUARTERS
Many military retirees do not realize they rate space available quarters on military bases. The exchanges sponsor and run the lodges: Navy Lodge, Air Force Lodge, Army Guest Houses, and Marine Corps Guest Houses. The Navy Lodge at Naval Station Newport can be reached at (401) 849-4500 or toll free at (800) 628-9466.
RETIREE FRIENDLY WEB SITES
Listed below are some of the Internet favorites frequently used by the RAO to keep up-to-date on issues that concern military retirees: FIRSTGOV.COM
This one-stop Web site consolidates over 20,000 government Web sites into a single site with more than 27 million Web pages of government information. This Web site is designed to help civilians, federal workers, and active duty and retired military personnel to find the information they need quicker and easier.