Health Benefits Advisor
Via Pedemonte
Area 1, Bldg 121
Aviano, Italy 33081

Phone 011-39-0434-30-5067
Phone (DSN) 314-632-5067
Fax 011-39-0434-305-024
Fax (DSN) 314-632-5024

Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sat, Sun, Holidays and Family days: closed

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Health Care/Special Needs

Military treatment facilities

The clinics and services available at military treatment facilities vary by location. Before you move, identify the military treatment facility that will serve you, visit its website to learn about the services available and get contact information.

Moving to a new TRICARE region

If you anticipate a move to another TRICARE region, work with your local TRICARE service center or case manager before your move to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. On arrival at the new duty location, you or your sponsor should contact the beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinator or the TRICARE service center to ensure the transition plans are in place and to obtain authorizations for TRICARE Extended Care Health Option services, if applicable.

Beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinator

All TRICARE regional offices and most military treatment facilities are staffed with beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinators. They provide information, guidance and assistance on benefit options, TRICARE Prime enrollment, special authorizations, status of claims, eligibility and assistance with referrals and appointments. If you or your family member has more severe needs, contact your TRICARE case manager.

Case management

Case management involves a team of health care professionals who help you and your family find solutions to complex health problems. It is important to inform your case manager if you are moving as he or she will connect you with the case manager at your new location.

Extended Care Health Option

The Extended Care Health Option provides financial assistance to beneficiaries of active-duty service members who qualify based on specific mental or physical disabilities. The Extended Care Health Option offers an integrated set of services and supplies beyond the basic TRICARE program. Regional contractors in each of the TRICARE regions and overseas administer the program.

Transporting medical equipment

Contact your installation’s household goods/transportation office for information on special procedures for the transportation of medical equipment.

Federal and state health care programs

Medicaid provides health coverage for individuals and families with low incomes or have a disability. The department of social services or the department of medical assistance may administer the Medicaid program in your state. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is a cash assistance program intended to meet basic needs for disabled adults and children who have limited resources. Families must reapply after moving to a new state.

Many states offer services for children with special health care needs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, or Title V. State departments of health websites and local health departments can provide information on state health benefits. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau website has more information, including state points of contact.

Other important resources

TRICARE debt collection assistance officers assigned to regional offices and military treatment facilities worldwide can help beneficiaries understand and get assistance with debt collection issues related to TRICARE.

Installation Specific Information

Because services are more limited for families at overseas (OCONUS) bases versus stateside bases (CONUS), all family members who accompany sponsors to Aviano AB (or any OCONUS base) must be screened to see if they have special needs. (This implies the person requires medical, mental health, educational, or early intervention services beyond what the military can ensure can be provided). If a family member is identified as having special needs, the sponsor must ensure his or her family is Q-coded within the Military Personnel  Section's (MPS) data system. Once a family has been Q-coded, screening is required for all assignments, whether CONUS or OCONUS.

If your family requires screening because you are: 1) coming to Aviano, 2) leaving Aviano and going to another OCONUS base, or 3) have a Q-coded family member and are returning stateside, please contact the Special Needs Identification Assignment Coordinator (SNIAC), as soon as you have your assignment. After all, sometimes this process can take longer than anticipated.

If you have a special needs family member and are moving to Aviano, shortly after arrival, please contact the SNIAC to schedule an appointment.


Associated Links

TRICARE
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Beneficiary Counseling Assistance Coordinator
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TRICARE Mobile App for Pharmacy Assistance
Check prescriptions status; order home delivery; find a pharmacy and more all from your phone. You must be registered before downloading the mobile app.

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