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Do I need to obtain a non-availability statement for civilian hospital care?  
A Non-Availability Statement (NAS) is a certification by a uniformed services medical facility that a specific type of non-emergency care is not available at that facility, at a specific time, to a patient who needs that care, and who lives within a certain radius of the Military Treatment Facility (MTF). Until December 28, 2003, TRICARE Standard beneficiaries were required to obtain an NAS prior to seeking non-emergency treatment at a civilian source as opposed to an MTF. Under the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act, the Department of Defense military health system eliminated the requirement for TRICARE Standard beneficiaries to obtain an NAS on Dec. 28, 2003. An exception in the law continues the requirement for an NAS for non-emergency inpatient mental healthcare services.
Keywords: in-patient treatment, patient, Health, Healthcare

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