Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Moving? Don't Lose Coverage for Special Needs Kids: Moving from One Section of the Country to Another-And Have a Child or Family Member with Special Needs?

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Moving? Don't Lose Coverage for Special Needs Kids: Moving from One Section of the Country to Another-And Have a Child or Family Member with Special Needs?

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Make sure to keep their TRICARE benefits current. ECHO--or Extended Care Health Option--is TRICARE's program for individuals with disabilities. And whether you're moving to Tennessee, West Virginia or California, you don't want any unnecessary interruptions in your ECHO benefit.

TRICARE has three regions: the North, the South, and the West. Whether you're transferring from one region to another, or within the same region, follow these steps to prevent a break in your ECHO benefits:

1. Contact your ECHO nurse. The moment you find out you're moving, call your current ECHO nurse. Tell them where you're transferring. You don't need the exact address, just the installation name or city. Your ECHO nurse will be able to:

* Talk you through the proper steps to transfer within your current TRICARE region.

* Provide you contact information for the other TRICARE regions to determine availability of services there, if you're transferring outside your region.

Your current ECHO nurse may also connect you with another ECHO nurse at the new location. Additionally, if you have a choice for a new duty station, call your nurse to see which location has the most services available for your family member. …

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