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The Military Health System is an interconnected network of service members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to Six Counties in California due to Tropical Storm Hilary

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8/22/2023
TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to Six Counties in California due to Tropical Storm Hilary

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in six additional counties in California may receive emergency prescription refills now through Aug. 31, 2023, due to Tropical Storm Hilary.

First Nurse Serves as Director of ANG Medical Service Office of the Air Surgeon

Article Around MHS
8/22/2023
“Normally, it's been a physician or a flight doctor that has led the helm for the Air National Guard Medical Service Office … I'm the first clinical nurse,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Linda A. Rohatsch, who took command in late 2022. “I'm pretty excited about that.”  Rohatsch is the first clinical nurse to assume command of the ANG Office of the Air Surgeon and brings nearly four decades of medical experience to the position. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah M. McClanahan)

For the first time in U.S. Air National Guard history, a clinical nurse took command as director of the ANG Medical Service Office of the Air Surgeon at the ANG Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews.

TRICARE Compare Cost Tool

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8/21/2023
TRICARE Compare Cost Tool

TRICARE's compare cost tool allows beneficiaries to see the cost of two plans side by side. This video learn how to use the compare cost tool.

TRICARE Extends and Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Five Counties in California due to Tropical Storm Hilary

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8/21/2023
TRICARE Extends and Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Five Counties in California due to Tropical Storm Hilary

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE has expanded the number of California counties in which TRICARE beneficiaries may receive emergency prescription refills due to flooding. DHA also extended the date from Aug. 25, 2023, to Aug. 31, 2023.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Spokane County in Washington due to Wildfires

Article
8/21/2023
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Spokane County in Washington due to Wildfires

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Spokane County, Washington may receive emergency prescription refills now through Aug. 30, 2023, due to wildfires.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Three California Counties due to Tropical Storm Hilary

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8/21/2023
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Three California Counties due to Tropical Storm Hilary

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in three California counties may receive emergency prescription refills now through Aug. 25, 2023, due to Tropical Storm Hilary.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Cameron County in Texas due to Tropical Storm

Article
8/21/2023
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Cameron County in Texas due to Tropical Storm

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Cameron County, Texas may receive emergency prescription refills now through Aug. 31, 2023, due to a potential tropical storm.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Two Nevada Counties due to Tropical Storm Hilary

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8/21/2023
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Two Nevada Counties due to Tropical Storm Hilary

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in two Nevada counties may receive emergency prescription refills now through Aug. 31, 2023, due to Tropical Storm Hilary.

TRICARE Extends Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Two Hawaii Islands due to Wildfires

Article
8/18/2023
TRICARE Extends Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Two Hawaii Islands due to Wildfires

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE has extended the date for beneficiaries to receive emergency prescription refills on Hawaii and Maui islands from Aug. 19, 2023, to Sept. 9, 2023, due to wildfires.

Pet Therapy at Keesler: Creating a Paw-sitive Environment

Article Around MHS
8/18/2023
An airman in training from the 81st Training Group plays with a therapy dog at the Levitow Training Support Facility on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, on July 13, 2023. Volunteer teams of therapy animals and their handlers visit the 81st TRG weekly to help alleviate stress for airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly L. Tou)

Overall, both military men and women are nearly twice as likely to report feeling high levels of stress in their military work (39%) than in their family life (22%), according to the National Library of Medicine. Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi provides multiple resources for airmen and their families who may need physical or psychological support, including four-legged friends.

Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

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8/17/2023
Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

Alan Hawk, collections manager of the historical collections at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, presents a talk titled, ”’Cotton Mather, You Dog, Damn You,’ a History of Vaccine Hesitancy.” Hawk was one of several speakers talking about vaccine hesitation among service members at the 2023 Military Health System Research Symposium on Aug. 17.

Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

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8/17/2023
Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

Danielle Ali, biologic scientist with the Naval Medical Research Command Biological Defense Research directorate, accepts an award for second place in the poster sessions at the 2023 Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida on Aug. 17. She received the award for research into high-efficacy assays for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. The award was presented by Dr. Terry M. Rauch, acting director of research and development for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight, Defense Health Agency.

Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

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8/17/2023
Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

U.S. Air Force Capt. Zahari Tchopev, with the 959th Medical Group at San Antonio Military Medical Center in Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston, Texas, receives second place in the 2023 MHSRS Young Investigator Award for his presentation titled “Incidence and Clinical Features of Nightmare Disorder and Trauma Associated with Sleep Disorder in U.S. Military Personnel with Sleep Disturbances” at the 2023 Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida, Aug. 17.

Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

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8/17/2023
Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

U.S. Air Force Major William Davis, with the 59th Medical Wing, Defense Health Agency, accepts an honorable mention award in the poster sessions at the 2023 MHSRS in Kissimmee, Florida on Aug. 17. David received the award for research on “Reliability of Continuous Noninvasive Hemoglobin Monitoring in Healthy Participants During En Route Care Training.” The award was presented by Dr. Terry M. Rauch, acting Director of Research and Development for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight, DHA.

Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

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8/17/2023
Military Health System Research Symposium 2023

Ian Stanley, with the department of emergency medicine at Anschutz Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield, University of Colorado School of Medicine, receives first place in the 2023 MHSRS Young Investigator Award for his presentation titled, “Lethal Means Safety Counseling Among Firearm-Owning U.S. National Guard Personnel: Hyperarousal Symptoms as a Moderator of Treatment Outcomes” at the 2023 Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida, Aug. 17.

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