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United States Air Force
Douglas Boulevard, Bldg. 6 (Gate 1)
Okinawa City Japan 96368-5134
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.
Whether this is your first move, or you’re a seasoned professional, moving is a big deal. A little planning and preparation can help make your move as easy as possible. Try the following Department of Defense resources to help you get organized:
Make sure your transition is as smooth as possible by visiting Moving on the TRICARE website. Talk to your case manager and regional contractor before you move. They can help you find a new doctor and other resources to avoid any interruptions in coverage.
On arrival at your new duty location, you or your sponsor can contact the Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator at the military treatment facility. They can help if you have questions or need assistance with authorizations for TRICARE Extended Care Health Option services.
All TRICARE regional offices and most military treatment facilities are staffed with beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinators who educate beneficiaries and help them with TRICARE-related eligibility, enrollment, referrals/authorizations and claims processing questions. If you or your family has more complex needs, contact your TRICARE case manager.
TRICARE debt collection assistance officers are assigned to regional offices and military treatment facilities worldwide. DCAOs assist with confirmed debt collection due to unpaid TRICARE claims. Please note, the debt must be in collections or listed on your credit report.
Medicaid provides health coverage for eligible individuals and families with low incomes or with special needs. The department of social services or the department of medical assistance may administer the Medicaid program in your state. Supplemental Security Income is a cash assistance program intended to assist adults and children with special needs who have limited resources. Families must reapply after moving to a new state.
Many states offer services that are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, or Title V, for children with special needs. Contact your state or local health department for information on state health benefits. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau website has more information, as well, including state points of contact.
Learn more about Benefits for Families With Special Needs, or review the Government Assistance Programs course on MilLife Learning.
The TRICARE Extended Care Health Option provides supplemental services to:
The qualifying family member’s disability must be entered properly in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System to have access to ECHO services.
For qualifying medical and/or educational special needs, ECHO offers integrated services and supplies beyond those offered by your TRICARE program option (such as TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select). See this TRICARE ECHO factsheet for more information, or listen to this ECHO webinar on Military OneSource.
Military hospitals and clinics are found at military bases and posts around the world. They are also referred to as military treatment facilities. Before you move, find out your new military treatment facility and contact them for local information.
Medical 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 let your case manager know if you are moving. They can help you connect with a case manager at your new location. Learn more about TRICARE case management services.
If your family member has special transportation needs for the move, such as oxygen or a special bed or wheelchair, contact your TRICARE medical case manager. They can advise you on equipment and transportation.
You can also contact your current installation’s household goods/transportation office (outbound) for information on special procedures for transporting 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.
This is a multi-service program designed to ensure families with special medical or educational needs are stationed near facilities, military or civilian, that can meet their special needs. Enrollment into the program is mandatory and failure to reveal potential problems could result in administrative actions.
This program is beneficial to your family and the Air Force. It prevents you from relocating with your family, only to relocate again due to inadequate medical or educational services in the area. It precludes the Air Force from incurring costly expenses unnecessarily. Enrollment in the program will not affect your career adversely nor will it prevent you from advancing professionally.
Family Member Relocation Clearance
The Family Member Relocation Clearance (FMRC) is a mandatory process for all family members traveling overseas with their sponsors and for those sponsors with Q-code identification traveling to a stateside base. This process must be completed in order for your family members to be placed on your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. The checklist should help the process go smoothly. Please keep in mind that this process can take some time, therefore, the sponsor is advised to contact the FMRC coordinator to initiate the clearance within 7 working days of the initial outbound appointment.
It is extremely critical that family members identified with exceptional needs during the AF Form 1466 travel clearance process be reviewed by the Medical Treatment Facility at Kadena AB prior to finalizing approval for travel clearance. This requires close coordination between the losing installation's medical facility and the gaining medical facility at Kadena AB. A reassignment to Kadena when inadequate resources exist to meet the particular needs of the exceptional family member may prove to be a hardship for the sponsor, family members and the U.S. Air Force, occasionally resulting in the Early Return of Dependents or EFMP reassignments.
Medical services on Okinawa are provided by the 18th Medical Group on Kadena AB and U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa (USNHO) at Camp Lester. Education services for children with special educational needs are provided through Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS). Medically related services are provided by the Medically Related Services Department at USNHO, Camp Foster. These services include speech, occupational and physical therapies, audiology, developmental pediatrics, child psychiatry/psychology, etc.
Medical or support services in the civilian community on Okinawa are not available to military family members.For additional information, you may also contact the Kadena EFMP-M Office at DSN 315-630-4531.