Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Supporting Families with Special Needs Children: TriWest Has Been on a Mission to Serve the Nation's Military Families for the Past 16 Years. and Part of That Mission Is Making Sure Families with Special Needs Children Receive the Medical Care They Need

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Supporting Families with Special Needs Children: TriWest Has Been on a Mission to Serve the Nation's Military Families for the Past 16 Years. and Part of That Mission Is Making Sure Families with Special Needs Children Receive the Medical Care They Need

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Pauline Sherek's 16-year-old son cannot speak. That's because autism keeps him completely non-verbal.

But Sherek, the wife of an active duty Air Force officer stationed in Colorado Springs, managed to find hope and help for her son. Through her health care benefit, TRICARE, she was able to enroll him into the Alpine Autism Center.

"TRICARE has helped our son, and us, find a way for him to communicate by having an iPad," Sherek said.

She called her first encounter with TriWest Healthcare Alliance--the company which manages TRICARE in Colorado and 20 other western states--"seamless."

Special Help for Special Needs

TriWest has been on a mission to serve the nation's military families for the past 16 years. And part of that mission is making sure families with special needs children receive the medical care they need.

Currently, TriWest has 4,337 beneficiaries enrolled into TRICARE's Extended Care Health Option--or ECHO--the benefit for individuals with special needs, such as autism or cerebral palsy. That's a 29 percent increase over last year.

Libby Sellars' Story

Libby Sellars is another one of those beneficiaries. …

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