USNH - U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka
PSC 473 Box 1
FPO, AP 96350
Phone (DSN) 315-243-7144/5247
Moving with TRICARE
When you move, TRICARE moves with you. It's there before, during and when you get to your next duty station. It's available worldwide. There are steps you need to take to make sure changes to your TRICARE coverage go smoothly. With your move, you may have to use a different TRICARE option.
Prime options in the United States
If you live in a Prime Service Area, then TRICARE Prime is an option for you. A Prime Service Area is usually within a 40-mile area of a military clinic or hospital. With Prime, you have a primary care manager, who may be a military or civilian doctor or a team of doctors, who manages your health care needs.
Some active-duty family members may enroll in the U.S. Family Health Plan, or USFHP. The USFHP offers a TRICARE Prime-like option in six areas of the United States. You'll get all care (including prescription drug coverage) from a network provider. With the USFHP, you can't get care at military hospitals and clinics or from TRICARE network providers (emergency exceptions). You have to work with USFHP when get care overseas. Visit the U.S. Family Health Plan page for more information.
If you don't live in a Prime Service Area, TRICARE Prime Remote is your other option. Eligible family members have to live with their active-duty sponsor (with some exceptions) to enroll in TRICARE Prime Remote. In most cases, your primary care manager is a network provider. If there's no local network provider, you can choose any TRICARE-authorized provider to act as your primary care manager.
Prime options overseas (including U.S. territories)
In overseas locations, you have two options for care:
Note: Active-duty service members must enroll in a Prime option.
When you know you're going to move, call your current TRICARE stateside overseas contractor. Find out if your new location is in a new region and talk about your TRICARE options.
Transferring your TRICARE Prime/Prime Remote coverage
When you move, your Prime options may change. You have to transfer your enrollment if you move to a different region. Some family members may have to disenroll and use TRICARE Standard. Options may vary for each family member. Remember, to enroll in a Prime option overseas, family members must be command-sponsored.
If you move within your current region, you still need to find out if your Prime option changes. You may only need to get a new primary care manager. Again, call your current TRICARE regional or USFHP contractor to talk about your move and your TRICARE options. Follow these steps to transfer your enrollment by phone:
Note: Don't disenroll from Prime before you move.
Other ways to transfer your enrollment include:
To learn more, visit the TRICARE Moving page.
TRICARE Standard and Extra
TRICARE Standard and Extra is an option for active-duty family members. You don't have to enroll—coverage is automatic as long as you show as TRICARE eligible in DEERS. With TRICARE Standard or Extra you can see any TRICARE-authorized provider, non-network or network. You pay a deductible and costs shares.
If you're a family member and don't want to enroll in TRICARE Overseas Program-Prime, or can't enroll because you're not command-sponsored, you have TRICARE Overseas Program-Standard. You can see any civilian provider (except in the Philippines).
If you want or have to use TRICARE Standard when you move, call the new regional contractor to disenroll from Prime when you get to your new location.
If you already using TRICARE Standard and Extra:
If you're in a new region, the claims address changes. Check the TRICARE Filing Claims page for your new mailing address.
TRICARE For Life
TRICARE For Life is for those who have Medicare and TRICARE. You don't have to enroll - coverage is automatic as long as you show in DEERS as TRICARE-eligible and have Medicare Part A and Part B if needed. When you go to a Medicare doctor, show your Medicare and uniformed service identification cards. Your provider files your claims with Medicare. Medicare pays first and sends the claim to the TRICARE For Life claims processor. TRICARE then pays second for TRICARE-covered services.
If you're an active-duty family member, you don't have to have Medicare Part B to keep your TRICARE benefits. You must have Part B to keep TRICARE once your sponsor retires.
When you move, update your personal information in DEERS as soon as possible. To find a new provider:
Getting care along the way
Before you move, take care of any routine medical needs, including immunizations. Fill your prescriptions so you have enough while traveling. TRICARE defines emergency care as "medical services provided for a sudden or unexpected medical or psychiatric condition or the sudden worsening of a chronic condition that is threatening to life, limb or sight and needs immediate medical treatment or a condition which has painful symptoms that need immediate relief to stop suffering." TRICARE defines urgent care as "medical care for a condition that will not result in disability or death if not treated immediately but should be treated within 24 hours to avoid further complications."
If you're using TRICARE Standard or TRICARE For Life, you may get urgent care from any TRICARE-authorized provider. If it's after clinic hours or you're not sure if you need to see a doctor, call TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line at 800-874-2273.
Filling prescriptions while traveling
If you run out of a prescription drug while traveling, contact your military or civilian provider. If you have refills on a military clinic prescription, check to see if your prescription can be moved to and filled by another military treatment facility. If you have refills on your prescription with a major retail pharmacy chain, check with the chain to see if they can transfer your prescription to a local chain pharmacy. If you have refills on a drug you get through TRICARE home delivery, call the TRICARE pharmacy contractor to see what can be done.
Getting dental care while traveling
Getting dental care while traveling depends on your location and whether you are a service member or family member.
Permanent change of station for active-duty service members
With permanent change of station orders, ask for a copy of your medical and dental records from your personnel office, providers/dentists, and medical or dental clinics. Do this at least one month before your permanent change of station date. This way you may be able to carry records to your new duty station.
You may ask providers or the military clinic to transfer your family's medical records to the military hospital or clinic nearest to your new duty station. You may ask to have copies of their records to carry with you or them as well. (You may have to pay to get their records copied.) If you want someone else to be able to get medical or dental information on you or your family while you are moving, you need to complete a DD Form 2870, "Authorization for Disclosure of Medical or Dental Information."
Installation Specific Information
TRICARE Pacific -- It is very important to ensure that your family members enroll in TRICARE Pacific upon arrival. To enroll, stop by the TRICARE Service Center and you will be provided information about the TRICARE Pacific program bldg. 1400 or by calling DSN 315-243-7144 or 011-81-46-816-7144. We also encourage you to update DEERs with your new address information. DO NOT disenroll from your local TRICARE service region prior to transfer! You may have to seek care in route to your next duty station.
United States Naval Hospital, Yokosuka (USNH) serves military and DoD civilian personnel throughout mainland Japan. In addition to the hospital in Yokosuka, USNH has branch clinics at Sasebo, Iwakuni, Atsugi, Yokohama (Negishi), Chinhae (Korea), and at Camp Zama Army Base.
The USNH staff includes several Medical and Surgical specialists. Some specialized non-elective treatment is beyond the capability of the Naval Hospital and patients must sometimes be sent to the U.S. via the Medical Air Evacuation (MEDEVAC) System or to Japanese hospitals for treatment.
Anyone with major medical problems or chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes or psychiatric disorders should not be allowed to travel to Japan. People with asthma, for example, can suffer terribly in the polluted atmosphere of the Tokyo area. Some cases are often aggravated by the occasionally high seasonal pollen count. Please mention this health issues during your Overseas Medical Screening process along with what EFMP category you may be in.
Emergency Care -- The hospital on Yokosuka base staffs a 24-hour-a-day Emergency Room (ER) which dispatches ambulances on base and off base for bonafide emergencies. They can be contacted at DSN 315-243-5137 or internationally at 011-81-46-5137. The ER sees patients by triage; patients are evaluated on arrival and will be seen based on the severity of their medical needs. For their safety and the safety of other patients, unattended children who are not patients should not be brought to the hospital.
Branch Dental Clinic, Yokosuka is co-located with Headquarters, United States Naval Dental Center (USNDC) Far East. The Dental Clinic is located on the second floor of the U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Building E-1400. You may reach the clinic at DSN 315-243-8808 or internationally at 011-81-46-816-8808.
This clinic treats shore-based active duty personnel and command sponsored family members of both fleet and shore personnel stationed in the Yokosuka area. Active Duty personnel attached to ships without dental facilities on board receive general dentistry care at the Fleet Dental Annex in the Fleet Recreation Center bldg. 3008 and may be referred to the Branch Clinic for specialty care.
Clinic Hours -- Normal hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Morning and afternoon sick calls are held for diagnosis and treatment of dental problems. In addition, a dental officer is on call for true dental emergencies which occur after-hours.
Dental Records -- To expedite the check-in process, it is recommended that all family members acquire a complete military dental record during the overseas screening process prior to transfering overseas.
In the event some specialties are not available at the Military Treatment Facility they may be available in the local Japanese community at costs which fluctuate with the dollar-yen exchange rate. TRICARE maintains a list of doctors and dentists to refer you too that are part of the TRICARE system in the surrounding communities.
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