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United States Navy
Naval Base Guam, Bldg. 104
Santa Rita, GU 96915
Health care and other services for families with special needs are available and accessible to military families across all installations. It’s important to know that programs and service may vary from installation to installation. Make sure you make contact with your health care provider(s) before your move. Also make sure you know how to reach them during and after your move in case of emergencies.
If you anticipate a move to another TRICARE region, learn the steps you should take to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible by visiting Moving. On arrival at the new duty location, you or your sponsor can contact the Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator, or BCAC, at the military treatment facility if you have questions or need assistance to obtain authorizations for TRICARE Extended Care Health Option services, if applicable.
All TRICARE regional offices and most military treatment facilities are staffed with beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinators, or BCAC, who can provide help with understanding your health care benefit and guidance on getting the services needed. If you or your family member has more severe needs, contact your TRICARE case manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact your installation’s household goods/transportation office for information on special procedures for the transportation of medical equipment.
TRICARE debt collection assistance officers, or DCAO, are assigned to regional offices and military treatment facilities worldwide and can help beneficiaries understand and get assistance with debt collection issues related to TRICARE.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
The Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to safeguard you or your children with special needs when you are permanently reassigned to a new duty station. The Program ensures that an exceptional family member (EFM) is not moved to a location lacking necessary medical facilities or resources.
The program covers many medical, physical and emotional conditions. You should discuss any questions with your primary care manager (PCM) or call your current installation's EFMP coordinator.
Enrollment -- To enroll in the program, the special-needs family member must be listed in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), be the sponsor's dependent and live in the sponsor's home.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should contact the EFMP coordinator:
EFM Program InformationA sponsor or family member can inquire about the program or a school official or PCM may make a recommendation. The family member in need then will undergo a series of examinations and evaluation.
Family members, after being evaluated, will be placed in categories based on their needs. This helps alert the sponsor's branch of service when a permanent change of duty station is pending. All services will try to assign sponsors to areas where the needs of the EFM can be met. This does not mean, however, that the service member will not be sent to areas where care is unavailable. The sponsor can still be assigned to unaccompanied tour, sea duty, deployments, or other rotation.
One of the first questions that arise in discussing the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is how will it affect the sponsor's career. In all the service branches, enrollment will not disrupt the sponsor's chances for promotion, their ability to attend schools or other temporary duty assignments.
The program will determine locations to which an exceptional family member (EFM) can move when the sponsor is reassigned. The service branch usually will try to keep the family together by finding a location with the services the EFM will require. Remember, though, that the program does not make service members non-deployable nor does it exempt them from unaccompanied tours, sea duty, field problems, or other military-related missions. It only ensures that the EFM will not be sent to an area that lacks the needed facilities.
Helping Your Family
Often a family with a special needs child or a spouse needing special care fears that the program will somehow make life more difficult. The truth is that there are a wealth of programs that may be beneficial to both the family member and the sponsor.
There are five or six categories that the EFM can be placed in after they are evaluated. This alerts your installation to the assistance you or your family member will. For some disabled children or spouses, special housing may be provided with wheelchair access or other features.
Installations often work with civilian agencies to provide specialized care or support. There are programs available through your installation s Family Service/ Community Service Center that provide reduced childcare, financial assistance and counseling about medical costs, support groups for persons caring for special-needs children and more.
The fact that a family may not be able to move to a secluded location should not deter anyone from seeking assistance that is readily available. Also, EFMP enrollment is mandatory for all sponsors, in all service branches, with a special-needs dependent living in their home.