Hampton Roads, VA - April 4, 2000 - More than 300,000 active duty military dependents and retirees and their dependents in Hampton Roads now have access to all hospitals of the region's premier health care organization.
Effective April 1, 2000, Sentara and TriAtlantic Healthcare have executed an agreement to include all of Sentara's hospitals in the TriCare managed care program, managed by TriAtlantic. TRICARE members will have access to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Hampton General Hospital, Sentara Bayside Hospital, Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital, and Williamsburg Community Hospital. Previously, only Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital participated in the TriCare managed care program.
TRICARE is a regionally managed health care program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors. TRICARE supplements the resources of the military with networks of civilian health care professionals to improve access and high-quality service while maintaining the capability to support military operations.
"Sentara is honored to serve more than 300,000 military dependents and retirees in the Hampton Roads region and to provide them with greater access and choice for their health care," says Paul Butler, Sentara vice president of Network Sales Contracting. "Sentara Healthcare is the region's leading health care organization providing cardiac, orthopedic, transplant, and Level I trauma services."
Previously, TRICARE members had to pay increased out of pocket costs to use a Sentara facility. Under the new agreement, TRICARE members will not have to pay a penalty for this option.
TRICARE, originally known as CHAMPUS, evolved from the Dependents Medical Care Act of 1956. Retirees, their family members, and certain surviving family members were brought into the program in 1967.