There is some good news for those under the Tricare system who have children. New changes to the rules now cover children up to the age of 21 for certain well-child procedures. In the past, the coverage stopped at age six. The rule change was just recently announced and is based on the Affordable Care Act’s “Bright Futures” pediatric standards. Tricare is exempt from having to comply with the Affordable Care Act, so these changes are good news indeed.
Some of the procedures that are now covered include: well-child visits, physicals that may be required for admission to school, and other services that have been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Bright Futures guidelines. “This includes developmental observation, physical examination, screening, immunizations and anticipatory guidance”, according to the policy. One primary goal is to advance preventive child healthcare.
It has taken years to get these changes, and one of the most vocal advocates for the changes has been a watchdog group known as Tricare for Kids. Tricare for Kids has reported that they are happy the with the updated changes. The policy changes also updated other rules such as now including genetic testing for breast cancer for certain high-risk patients, as well as changing the age for women to receive cancer-screening pap smears. You can read the whole policy at the Tricare website.
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