2014-10-16 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

TRICARE Meets ACA Requirements

Almost all TRICARE plan options meet Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements for minimum essential coverage (MEC). However, people who are losing TRICARE eligibility, or transitioning to a new type of TRICARE coverage, need to know their options so they avoid any penalties for not having minimum essential health coverage under the ACA. The MEC requirement means most Americans need to have basic health care coverage or they will have to pay a penalty fee. If you are eligible for premium-free TRICARE Standard, you meet the ACA’s MEC requirement. This includes active duty service members and their families, military retirees and their families, and others. People who qualify for TRICARE for Life and purchase Medicare Part B also meet MEC requirements. Read more at tricare.mil/TRICAREMEC101014. Sign up for TRICARE e-mail updates at tricare.mil/subscriptions.

Spouse Event

Military Spouses of Newport will host a BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) event on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The evening of food, fun, and pumpkin decorating will be held at the Upper Greene Lane Community Center at 6 p.m. Prizes for the best and worst pumpkins will be awarded. Bring an undecorated pumpkin and your favorite fall treat to share. Register at milspousenewport.org.

Halloween on Old Ironsides

Children of active duty military are invited to “trick or treat through time” at the Constitution Museum and aboard America's oldest warship afloat, USS Constitution, on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Hear seafaring stories on the berth deck of Old Ironsides, make a scurvy spider web, build a sea monster, and enjoy many other fun activities and crafts.

This event requires advance reservations and is designed for ages 5-12. For event details and reservation information, visit facebook.com/NewEnglandUSO or call the USO at 617-720-4949.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue at noon on Thursday, Oct. 23, with Robert Haddick discussing "Fire on the Water: China, America, and the Future of the Pacific." He contends that much of the general public and many U.S. policy experts are unaware of the threat that China’s military modernization poses to America’s national interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

On Thursday, Oct. 30, Larry Berman will present “Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell 'Bud' Zumwalt Jr.”

Security requirements have increased and advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior to the event. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401- 841-7276.

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