From The Mailbag: Social Security and Retirement Pay

July 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

There can be a lot of confusion about the relationship between military retirement pay and other benefits and federal benefits such as social security and Medicare.  Part of the confusion comes from … [Read more...]

Tricare Overseas Offers Direct Deposit

April 21, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Whoohoo!  I've just discovered that Tricare Overseas offers online claims lookup and direct deposit of claims payments.  I have no idea how long this has been going on, but I am DE-lighted!  There … [Read more...]

Know Your Benefits Before You Need Them

April 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the last few weeks, I've had quite a few request to fund various charitable or crowdfunding campaigns for military or veteran families who are allegedly in a tight position.  One thing that jumps … [Read more...]

Tricare Scams Abound – Be Careful

March 31, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It seems that there has been a significant increase in scammers who are targeting military families who use Tricare health insurance.  These scammers use telephone contact to try to learn important … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy

March 30, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Readers, I hope that you can help your fellow Paycheck Chronicles readers and me out by telling us about the tricks and tips for using the Tricare mail order pharmacy. Readers ask me about it, and I … [Read more...]

One Year Exemption for Direct Care Recipients

January 28, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Along with the confusion about having to tick a box to indicate that you have "minimum essential coverage" because you have Tricare health insurance coverage, there is a very small sub-group that is … [Read more...]

Dental Premiums Are Going Up

January 25, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you're checking out your January Leave and Earnings Statement, and trying to figure out what's what, notice that your dental insurance premiums have gone up. It's still great coverage at a very … [Read more...]

Benefits for Same Sex Couples Will Begin 3 September 2013

August 14, 2013 | Kate Horrell

The Department of Defense has announced that it will be extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples no later than 3 September 2013.  Affected families have been anxiously awaiting information … [Read more...]

Tricare Supplemental Insurance

May 17, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I love Tricare - I think it is great insurance.  However, there are times when Tricare doesn't cover all your costs, expecially if you are a retiree or using Tricare Standard.  As a result, several … [Read more...]

C’mon Folks, Know Your Benefits

April 04, 2013 | Kate Horrell

If there is one thing that will make me crazy, it is someone who doesn't have any situational awareness.  It could be my child, who has zoned out and has no idea that we've just had an entire … [Read more...]

Tricare Pharmacy Co-Pays Increasing

January 30, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I haven't seen a lot of news coverage about this, and Amy Bushatz from SpouseBUZZ said, "Hey, you need to write about the increase in Tricare prescription co-pays." She's absolutely … [Read more...]

News For The Week: 1 October 2012

October 01, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Each week, Military.com puts together a Military Report, a round-up of the top military benefits news for the week.  This week's edition has a few items of financial note: Food is a big budget … [Read more...]

Tricare, I Have Questions

November 29, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Just when I think I've figured out this whole Tricare thing, something new happens.  And it is usually incomprehensible. Last month, the family was out of our usual Tricare area and got sick.  We … [Read more...]

Tricare Data Breach Affects Millions – Check Your Mail

November 19, 2011 | Kate Horrell

As you may have heard, personally identifying information regarding up to 4.9 million people was stolen from the possession of a Tricare contractor on September 14, 2011.  The contractor, Science … [Read more...]