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    I'm in the military and im trying to figure out how i can help my mom out. she has cancer, a mental disability and is jobless. i havent been able to help her out much monetarily because i've only been in the military for a year and money is tight but is there anyway i can give her my benifits, kind of like spouses and children get?
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    There is a process that you have to go through to get her declared your dependent. You need to contact your personnel office and ask them. The critera is strict and it's not an easy process but it's possible.





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    the biggest and most importants facts are these:

    you have to show you support her 50% of her living expenses for 6 months and she could not get tricare.
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    I'll be stalking this thread. A family friend joined the navy & is off to basic training sometime in March. I know a large part of her decision to enlist has to do with helping out her mother.
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    we were going to add FIL- so I am pretty current on the requirements.

    it is very very hard to add parents- and since they cannot get tricare they will need to maintain medicare and thier own secondary insurance.
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    My brother tried to get my mom on his benefits but he did not get accepted. Which is good because my mom isn't helpless.
    Like said previously it is a hard process.
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    It is extremely hard to add them as your dependent. But since some bases allow single personal to live in base housing (if they have empty homes) you might see if you can do that and have your mom be allowed to live with you (which is another process but much easier to do). She would still have to have her own medical but if she could live with you than that would at least help some.
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    Parents can get Tricare Plus but it's still limited to MTFs.
    Dependent Parents and Parents-in-Law
    Dependent Parents and Parents-in-Law

    Health Care
    Dependent parents and parents-in-law may receive care in a military treatment facility (MTF) and may enroll in TRICARE Plus when space is available at the MTF.

    Prescriptions
    Dependent parents and parents-in-law may have prescriptions filled at MTF pharmacies. When dependent parents and parents-in-law become eligible for Medicare based on age (65), they may have prescriptions filled at network pharmacies or via home delivery as long as they have Medicare Part B coverage.
    TRICARE Plus

    TRICARE Plus is a program that allows beneficiaries who normally are only able to get care at a military treatment facility (MTF) on a space-available basis to enroll and receive primary care appointments at the MTF within the same primary care access standards as beneficiaries enrolled in a TRICARE Prime option. For example, if available at their local MTF, retirees and retiree family members using TRICARE For Life can enroll in TRICARE Plus and be guaranteed a routine appointment within one week, the same access standard as beneficiaries enrolled in a Prime option.

    TRICARE Plus is only available at certain MTFs, and the local MTF commander may limit enrollment to specific categories of beneficiaries. TRICARE beneficiaries enrolled in a Prime option (overseas or stateside), a civilian HMO, or Medicare HMO are not eligible to enroll in TRICARE Plus.

    Beneficiaries should contact their local MTF to find out if they may participate in TRICARE Plus. Enrollment into TRICARE Plus at one MTF does not automatically extend TRICARE Plus enrollment to another. The MTF is not responsible for any costs when a TRICARE Plus enrollee is referred outside the MTF for additional civilian care.

    Getting Care with TRICARE Plus
    TRICARE Plus is not a health plan, it is simply a way to access primary care at MTFs. Your enrollment in TRICARE Plus will be reflected in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), but you can still get care as you normally would through your regular TRICARE plan. Through TRICARE Plus, you will receive primary care at the MTF with the same access standards as TRICARE Prime enrollees and will pay no out-of-pocket costs.

    TRICARE Plus does not guarantee access to specialty care at the MTF where you are enrolled.
    You may still get care from Medicare and/or civilian providers. TRICARE Standard and Extra or Medicare rules apply. For beneficiaries who are entitled to Medicare Part A and who have Medicare Part B coverage, TRICARE is the second payer to Medicare for TRICARE-covered services.
    TRICARE For Life benefits are not affected by enrollment in the TRICARE Plus program.
    If eligible, you can participate in both programs. TRICARE Plus will cover your primary care provided at an MTF and TRICARE For Life will cover care that is not available at the MTF.
    Having Medicare Part B is not a TRICARE Plus requirement for care within an MTF. However, access to specialty care is not guaranteed in the MTF. To access care outside the MTF using TRICARE For Life, you must have Medicare Part B unless you are an active duty family member.
    Your enrollment in TRICARE Plus will be reflected in DEERS.

    Note: You should NOT move non-command-sponsored family members overseas based solely on the potential availability of TRICARE Plus.
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    but they can not get reg tricare- they cannot use it too see specialists and since this appllies to space available at MTF's it can be virtually impossible to get in to be seen for gen care-

    and if the parent has cancer this will not be covered AT ALL.

    because it is so limiting- it is better to just say they do not get tricare.

    I am space avail at the clinic here and they told me it would be 3 weeks to be seen for an ear infection. I just went to acute care - ( which would not be covered for the dep parent)

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