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United Healthcare transition in TRICARE
TRICARE announcement ^

Posted on 02/24/2013 10:01:32 AM PST by redlegplanner

On April 1, 2013, the TRICARE West Region contract will transition to and be managed by United Healthcare Military & Veterans (UHC M&V). To make sure you understand the timing and key information about the TRICARE transition, visit the TriWest Transition Update Center.

(Excerpt) Read more at military.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: healthcare; military; militaryhealthcare; tricare; unitedhealthcare
Anyone else get the letter demanding two months pre-payment as part of the change over of providers for TRIWEST? The form makes it look mandatory, but there are wiggle words in the fine print. I smell BS. Thoughts?
1 posted on 02/24/2013 10:01:37 AM PST by redlegplanner
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To: redlegplanner
United is one of the WORST insurers out there... lotta places don't participate with them either
2 posted on 02/24/2013 10:17:41 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: redlegplanner

Don’t know anything about the patient side but do know that your mental health was carved out to Value Options and now will go to United Behavioral Health. I have never seen such a ridiculous system that my docs have had to go through the last few years just to be able to get authorization to see retired military and family members of those in active duty. Government has piece mealed this out to the point that it is beyond ridiculous. And Humana/Tricare has regularly reduced contract rates, I presume with the hope that providers will drop out of the networks. Fortunately the docs I choose to work with will continue, no matter what the rate.

UBH mental health providers are just beginning to see some flow of paperwork, but it is slow. Since UBH usually has their act together, I would presume it’s the government that is once again dragging its feet.

The change over endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association to take place this summer to calling Grief beyond 2 weeks a mental illness disorder is, IMO, particularly troubling for military families. My heart goes out to all of you.


3 posted on 02/24/2013 10:25:58 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Chode

Oddly enough, when I stopped by my dermatologist office the other day I noticed a big sign at the sign in window stateing that they do NOT take united health care. Hmm............ Good luck with Tricare being taken over by them with the new contract. Isn’t united health care the one that aarp is always touting on tv? aarp doesn’t contact me any more since I read them the riot act several years ago. Asshats.


4 posted on 02/24/2013 10:34:23 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: Grams A

Be vewy careful here with the mental health aspect. Any negative comment could set off an alarm and end up denying you your RKBA. Spousal issues, depression, aggravation that your sinus is bothering you.......... ANY sign of instability could lead to a “reportable” incident. Watch your 6.


5 posted on 02/24/2013 10:39:01 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: rktman
don't know as i don't have TV, but this is NOT a good omen for those on TRICARE...
6 posted on 02/24/2013 10:39:17 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: redlegplanner

TriCare to UBH


7 posted on 02/24/2013 10:40:20 AM PST by quintr
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To: Chode

I think the ad says something like “the only medicare supplement endorsed by aarp” like that’s a good thing. That ain’t much of an endorsement in my book. Their senior savings “benefits” and “discounts for aarp members” isn’t worth it to me. I’d rather pay regular price than support these money grubbing hipocritters.


8 posted on 02/24/2013 10:44:50 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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i heard that, and i will NEVER join AARP, but i have used the promo cards they started sending my when i turned 50 for "Senior Discounts" by showing it to some not so bright counter people now and again... 8^)
9 posted on 02/24/2013 10:50:22 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Grams A
Grief beyond 2 weeks a mental illness

WOW, two weeks? I have taken many losses as well as anyone I know...but 2 weeks? Talk about move along here, nothing to see.

10 posted on 02/24/2013 11:13:52 AM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Chode

“United is one of the WORST insurers out there... “

I have been with United for many years. They always have been good to my family.

What have you experienced that makes them one of the worst insurers out there?


11 posted on 02/24/2013 11:22:38 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Got a problem? Nothing a drone strike can't fix.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

So I work as a customer advocate for another insurance company. United is an absolute NIGHTMARE to deal with on the customer service level.


12 posted on 02/24/2013 11:45:13 AM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: rktman

You are so right. The docs I work with, except for one, are all very conservative clinicians plus really incredible people who want to offer as much counseling assistance as they can. This group also utilizes common sense and knowledge gained through experience instead of professional or governmental dictates. Like most people I know they don’t spend much time on the internet and expect people like me to give them a heads up which, of course, I would do anyway whether they want it or not. As a result they are very, very careful of the words they use when requesting authorizations for military folks.


13 posted on 02/24/2013 11:48:00 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
lets just say i'm familiar with insurance companies, that said...

they make their customers pay more for the policy itself or out of pocket for many services be it in co-pays or the percentage of the bill left over that gets passed on to the patient

patients have to pay more for services because so many healthcare providers don't participate with them so the service/procedure is considered "Out of Network" and you will pay more if you still want it done

they deny authorization for services as not covered by the policy

if you have had good experience with them i say good for you and i take it most of the providers in your area must participate with them, but you are in the minority from what i've seen

14 posted on 02/24/2013 11:50:44 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: redlegplanner
Anyone else get the letter demanding two months pre-payment as part of the change over of providers for TRIWEST?

No letter here. When did you get yours?

15 posted on 02/24/2013 1:30:46 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: rktman

If you read the fine print at the AARP website it indicates it will receive a royalty from United Health Care on policies sold to AARP members. In my opinion royalty equates to a kickback.


16 posted on 02/24/2013 1:49:10 PM PST by J.Deere Man
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United is one of the WORST insurers out there...

One of the worst??? They have top honors in my book. I have never seen such a crooked insurance company as United. EQAndyBuzz, I'm glad you have been lucky so far but it's only a matter of time. They are the worst!

17 posted on 02/24/2013 1:51:09 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: redlegplanner

No letter yet, but I will say this. For nearly 10 years after I retired 17 years ago, TriCare sent out their annual enrollment letter with a bill enclosed.

I paid through allotment from my retired pay, so I never had to pay a bill. However, you had to look long and hard at the annual enrollment form to see that they weren’t really expecting any money.

Perhaps UHC is going back to the old days. Bad things tend to happen when new contractors take over a Gov’t contract.


18 posted on 02/24/2013 2:18:02 PM PST by HiJinx (The New Year is here; to all Men Good Cheer. (Last one out, turn out the lights.))
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I’ve had them for about 16 years...no complaints. In fact, we could switch to a couple of different plans and we won’t.


19 posted on 02/24/2013 4:00:36 PM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I’ve had them for about 16 years...no complaints. In fact, we could switch to a couple of different plans and we won’t.


20 posted on 02/24/2013 4:04:50 PM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Yesterday.

The form:
http://uhcmilitarywest.com/documents/Electronic%20Payment%20Authorization%20Form.pdf

is up on their website:
http://uhcmilitarywest.com

without any further explanation of the two month pre-payment.


21 posted on 02/24/2013 4:06:50 PM PST by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: Colorado Doug
i guess i won't say "one of" anymore... i hope you were able to change carriers
22 posted on 02/24/2013 4:37:11 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
i hope you were able to change carriers

Unfortunately I don't have any right now. On the bright side, that is just as good as having United Health Care and considerably cheaper. As an added bonus, at least for the time being I know that I am not covered instead of mistakenly thinking that I was covered just to have them weasel out of it.

23 posted on 02/24/2013 5:45:09 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Colorado Doug
that's some damn sad truth right there that is... i wish you good health
24 posted on 02/24/2013 5:53:11 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: redlegplanner

I’ll keep an eye out in the next few weeks. I pay by allotment from my retired pay. I wonder how that factors in.


25 posted on 02/24/2013 8:15:09 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: J.Deere Man

IF you’re fast enough when the ad comes on tv it’s also in the tiny, tiny print at the bottom of the ad for about 15 seconds. Not nearly enough time to put on the cheaters to see what it says. LOL! I “dislike” those clowns so much that I get a little po’d when someone asks me if I have my card. Then if I’m nice, I politely tell them what they can do with their offer. Yeah, “royalty” should be in quotes. Another “code” word.


26 posted on 02/25/2013 5:28:37 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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