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TRICARE in 2019: What You Need to Know

Wed March 6, 2019: 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST


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About This Webinar:

2019 brings a number of important changes and improvements to the TRICARE benefit as well as the Military Health System.  This presentation will review important information about TRICARE for 2019, including enrollment requirements, current and upcoming changes to the benefit, and changes to the military health system.


    • Describe the changes to the TRICARE benefit for 2019.
    • Identify preventative services covered by TRICARE and how to access them.
    • Understand enrollment requirements.
    • Describe ongoing changes to the Military Health System and how they will impact beneficiaries.


Captain Edward Simmer currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for the TRICARE Health Plan at the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, VA. In this role he is responsible for overseeing all clinical aspects of the civilian medical and dental care provided to the 9.4 million beneficiaries of the Military Health System. He has a M.D. degree from Saint Louis University and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. He is Board Certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry.

Captain Simmer has served 27 years of active duty in the Navy, with duties including Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Executive Officer Naval Hospital Beaufort, Senior Executive Director of Psychological Health at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and TBI, and Director for Quality at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He served as the General Medical Officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65), and Division Psychiatrist for 2d Marine Division. He has also deployed to Iraq with the 113th Combat Stress Control Company and served as Head of the Navy’s Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team (SPRINT) for nine years, leading responses to numerous traumatic incidents, including Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina and the U.S.S. Cole (DDG-67) bombing.

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  • Social Work, LPC, LMFT: Programming approval for 1.0 CE credit will be obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on March 6, 2021.
  • Case Manager: This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.0 clock hour. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on March 6, 2020.
  • Certificates of completion are available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.

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6 Replies to “TRICARE in 2019: What You Need to Know”

  1. If you can’t attend the live webinar on 3/6/2019, you can view the recording right here on this page a day or two after the live event.

  2. Stefany, the live webinar has been rescheduled for 3/6/2019 at 11 AM EST. We do plan to record the presentation, and you can find it on this page a day or two after the live event on 3/6/2019.

  3. I was not able to attend this webinar but would like to see if it was recorded. Is there any way to access the information provided during the webinar? I live in HI and sometimes the EST is too early to be able to attend. Thank you for your assistance.

  4. Thanks, Jody. As soon as the new date for this webinar has been confirmed, the ticketing block with the RSVP information will be visible. It will be on this page, above and on the right side. The instructions in the email will be more helpful then. I apologize for the confusion. You will likely get another email when the new date is confirmed, or you can also just check back here in a few days.

  5. I received an e-mail today 2/6/19 advising that this webinar TRICARE in 2019: What You Need to Know webinar that was supposed to be held today would be rescheduled. The directions said to Change number of attendees to 1 (or more if others will join you, Fill out the RSVP form with your name and email address, and Click ‘Confirm RSVP’. I don’t see that option on this page. I would like to attend the re-scheduled webinar. Please advise when it is re-scheduled(date & time, link. Thank you.)

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