PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE, OCTOBER, 2017

 

Members and Friends

 

Fall is here, and the slightly cooler breezes of morning now greet us as we start our daily routines. The Central Coast has again been blessed with the balmy weather that we are accustomed to, as many in Texas, and the southeastern US struggle to deal with the devastation of this season’s hurricanes.

 

As those of you who attended September’s chapter meeting know, our program featured Captain Robert Christenson, USN (Ret), who’s presentation was, “The Evacuation of Saigon”. As the Executive Of­ficer of the USS Blue Ridge, he presented interesting facts, stories and perspectives of the series events that virtually everyone in atten­dance had participated. We all learned more from those among us, as almost everyone there had a story and perspective of those critical days in our countries military history.

 

As a reminder, our October 13th meeting is a joint meeting with Van­denberg Chapter of MOWW, and a “Celebration of the life of Col. Jack Jones”. Finally, we just confirmed that we will be having two very in­teresting programs in the coming months, as US Congressman Salud Carbajal, and Brigadier General Kelly A. Fisher, Land Component Commander, California National Guard have each agreed to speak at upcoming Chapter meetings.


As we always note, there are many changes coming for our MOAA Chapter, and we truly need everyone’s participation and input as we address these issues. I look forward to seeing each of you on October 13th.


Sincerely, Capt. Dave

 

 


Newsletters

Prior newsletters for your review, all are in Adobe Reader .pdf format:

 

      October, 2017
September, 2017 June, 2017 May, 2017 April, 2017
March, 2017 February, 2017 January, 2017 December, 2016

 

 

 

Some items of general interest:

TRICARE Dental Contractor Change-Up

 

A new TRICARE dental program took effect May 1, 2017, involving network and provider changes. 

 

The TRICARE Dental program, which covers eligible families for active duty as well as the Guard and Reserve members, will change to a new contractor May 1. While a typical change in contractors involves different providers joining the new network, the recent change to United Concordia has drawn quite a bit of attention by concerned beneficiaries and their dentists.

 

The new TRICARE contract requires United Concordia to provide a minimum of 95 percent of beneficiaries enrolled in the program with an in-network dentist. The dentist's office must be within a 35-mile radius of the beneficiary's home, and provide an appointment within 21 days of a request. United Concordia stated it has exceeded this contractual requirement. However, reports of complaints from beneficiaries are surfacing, suggesting existing dentists will not be joining the new network due to lower reimbursement rates. These potential disruptions in care were enough for MOAA to express concerns to both the Defense Health Agency, who oversees the TRICARE program, and to congressional staff members of the Armed Services Committees on Capitol Hill.

 

MOAA and other Military Coalition partners will be closely following the TRICARE dental contract change. MOAA scheduled a meeting with United Concordia representatives at the end of April prior to the start of the contract to discuss members' concerns. You can bet the issue of beneficiary satisfaction with dental provider choices will be at the top of the list.

 

 

MOAA Outlines the Future of Military Health Care

 

As the leading advocate for military personnel, retirees, and veterans and their families, MOAA joined the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States to share our vision of what the future of health care should look and feel like for beneficiaries.

Understanding the future evolution of military health care is an important undertaking, and MOAA offered the perspective of the Military Health System's most critical stakeholders: beneficiaries.

 

“Beneficiaries in the future will be increasingly consumer-centric, using health technology more,” said MOAA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret), “and they will be interested in new technologies to support health care in the home or in their workplace, for example, telemedicine and remote-patient monitoring.”

 

The future health care system will be, and must be, built on the present. The recent passing of the FY 2017 defense act provides our military with a comprehensive and modernized health benefit plan, which supports both medical readiness and beneficiary care. The changes scheduled to be implemented represent a large-scale systemic transformation.

 

Atkins noted that, in many respects, these changes were much-needed, and many have been long sought by both MOAA and its partners in The Military Coalition.

 

From the perspective of the beneficiary, MOAA sees a future system where health care providers collaborate to create a coherent beneficiary experience. Providers will have the flexibility and incentives to innovate and will be rewarded for quality outcomes that reduce costs in the long run. In this system, beneficiaries are actively engaged in their health care decisions and they can easily use their technology for access when, where, and how they want it.

 

“When we focus on medical care in the future, it always needs to be through the beneficiary's lense,” said Atkins. “What matters to the beneficiary is access, quality, continuity, the referral process and the associated fee structure. Other industries are proof that a beneficiary-centric approach works. Culture and leadership have the ability to change.”

 

 

MILITARY SPOUSAL SUPPORT


Is our MOAA Chapter using all of our available resources? Spouses and Widows, have you been asked to serve?  Are you willing to serve? The strongest chapters use spouses in many leadership positions, i.e  Newsletter Editors, Webmasters, Treasurers, Secretaries, Fundraising , Chaplains, and Convolesent Home Visiting Coordinators.


If you would like to become more active, please call anyone on the Executive Committee to volunteer.

 

RONALD REAGAN ON FAITH


“If we forget that we are ‘One Nation Under God’, then we will be a nation gone under.” “The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect the freedom to pray”.