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New source for Coast Guard Retiree Newsletter
The Commandant's office of Retiree Services Program (CG-13) has assumed responsibility for publishing The Retiree Newsletter.  CG-13 is employing the same distribution lists the Pay & Personnel Center previously used to send out the newsletter so, as long as your mailing address is correct the CGHRMS Direct Access system, you will continue to receive the new editions of the newsletter.  New retirees are automatically added to the distribution mailing list. There's no need to request to be added to the mailing list.  Others may subscribe to the Retiree Newsletter mailing list by signing up at this self-service site.

For current and archived versions of the newsletter, visit the CG-13 Newsletter Archives
site.

TRICARE Retiree Dental Program to end Dec 31, 2018 and be replaced by FEDVIP

The Department of Defense's TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end on December 31, 2018 and, beginning January 1, 2019, coverage will be offered through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Those currently receiving dental coverage under TRDP should start planning to arrange for new coverage.

2019 FEDVIP plans and premiums are now available!

You can now review 2019 plan information, including plan brochures and provider networks, for all 14 FEDVIP carriers. A plan comparison tool is also available for you to research plans and premiums based on where you live. View up to three dental or vision plans side-by-side for easy comparison when selecting the right coverage for you and your family.

Make sure to check your eligibility to determine if you're eligible for dental coverage, vision coverage, or both.

 

Visit tricare.benefeds.com to learn more about FEDVIP. For FEDVIP dental and/or vision coverage in 2019, you must enroll during the Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from November 12 through December 10, 2018 (ET).


CG National Retiree Help Desk (NRHD) Notice - New Toll Free Phone Number


The CG NRHD
has a new toll free number: (833)224-6743

The National Retiree Help Desk (NRHD) Help Desk is available to assist and / or to answer any questions that a retiree or a retiree spouse has regarding benefits (other than those relating to pay), health care issues, assistance in obtaining important forms and/or papers, etc. 

Contact by phone or e-mail:

Questions concerning pay should be directed to the Pay & Personnel Center's Retiree and Annuitant Services (PPC (RAS) Branch 

CG missions eligible for Combat Related Special Compensation
Members receiving VA disability compensation deducted from their retirement pay and not reimbursed by the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program should look into possible eligibility for the Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program, which was recently expanded to include CG hazardous missions, including law enforcement and search and rescue.  Like the CRDP, CRSC restores VA offsets and provides the disability compensation tax free.  See details here:  https://www.uscg.mil/psd/de/crsc.asp

Campaign to Honor Vietnam Veterans in 2018-2019
The Coast Guard has partnered with the Vietnam War Commemoration Program to observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and to thank and honor 
veterans of the conflict for their service and sacrifice. The Vietnam War Commemoration Program was established to recognize all veterans who served 
November 1955 to May 1975, regardless of location. All veterans from that twenty year era are eligible and should be recognized; service in the country 
of Vietnam is not a requirement.
  See details here:  www.history.uscg.mil/Commemorations/Vietnam/

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