Go back to school with TRICARE
It’s August and many families have begun their back to school preparations. For younger children and adolescents, this means getting all necessary medical care and screenings. For older children, this means making sure they know how to get the care they need when they are away from home. TRICARE can help as you and your family get ready for the busy back to school season.
TRICARE covers physicals for children age 5-11 if it’s required for school enrollment. Physicals are a great time to talk to your child’s provider about any concerns you have for the upcoming school year. You can also plan a lunch or ice cream date after the appointment to talk to your child about their fears and expectations for the new school year. Many military children will be going to new schools and making new friends. Talk to them to make sure their jitters don’t turn into a more serious anxiety that requires intervention from a mental health provider. If you determine that you would like to seek mental health care for your child, TRICARE covers mental health care that is medically necessary. Check in periodically with your child to make sure they are not perpetrating or experiencing bullying. If you’re concerned about bullying, visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website stopbullying.gov for information and resources.
Some children may need immunizations to return to school. You can view your child's immunization record in TOL and see if they are up-to-date. TRICARE covers age-appropriate doses of vaccines.
If your child is going away to college, make sure they know how to get health care services if they need it. Health plan options depend on where the school is and your sponsor's military status. For information that will help you determine which plan is best for your family, visit the Going to College page on the TRICARE website.
Getting ready for school can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. TRICARE has the information and services you need to make this annual transition easily. For more information on how TRICARE can help, visit the Back to School page on the TRICARE website.