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Question:
Do I need a non-availability statement (NAS) from a military hospital stating that it cannot provide the care I need before I seek care from a civilian source if I have TRICARE Standard?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do I need to obtain a non-availability statement for civilian hospital care?

Answer:
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.

Question:
How do I obtain a referral from my Primary Care Provider (PCP)?

Answer:
If the medical care or treatment you require is not something your current Primary Care Provider (PCP) can provide, he/she will issue a referral to allow you to seek treatment from another source.

Question:
What medical-related records/documents should I retain and how long is it necessary to keep them?

Answer:
Medical records belonging to service members and their families are generally maintained by the Military Treatment Facility (MTF) to which they are assigned and follow the government's rules and regulations on how long the information contained in them is retained. In terms of other medical documents, you should retain any documents that may have been used to certify a medical condition you have such as one that was used in the application of disability benefits, for example. You should always keep a current copy of your immunization record. Consult your health provider for more information.
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