1/20/2010

No insurance

As far as a military spouse goes, I am not a professional. My husband joined the Reserves when his four years of active duty was up. We both thought that this would be a good transition into civilian life. By doing the Reserves, he will be getting a small check each month and still be able to take advantage of military health and life insurance.

His ETS date was September 29th. We have 180 days from this day to be on his active duty insurance (TAMP, no idea what that stands for). After that we have to sign up for Tri-Care Reserves. The 180 days is almost up so I got a hold of the one person that I have ever came in contact with who knows squat about the insurance. She is in the Reserves or Guard or something and she is the DEERS administrator. We met her when we got our ID cards in August. Sgt D. I will call her.

Sgt. D. tells me the website to go to and after numerous emails back and forth and me giving her my husbands SS # she informs me that when we got our Reserves ID's back in October that the dumbass guy at the Navy ID place had messed us up in the system. (It's closer town so we went there instead.) It was/is showing that he was never active duty and that we have no insurance. How nice?

Last week, I scanned and emailed her a copy of his DD214, which he basically has to have to do anything. I tried again last night to get us signed up for Tri-Care Reserves and it's still not working. I emailed her again this morning and she said their system was down. She's going to keep in contact with me and let me know when it is fixed.

I'm not too worried about it because the military is always screwing things up, nothing can be easy, and Sgt. D. told me that if something were to happen to either of us that we would be covered.

Hopefully someday soon we will have insurance again.

10 comments:

Katie said...

how annoying!

shortmama said...

I imagine this is pretty common in dealing with this kind of stuff!

Los said...

That's gotta be sressful to say the least to find out that you haven't been insured for the past few months, right?

your hubby said...

i told ya the army sucks

Crazy Shenanigans said...

That sounds so frustrating! Hopefully it'll get fixed soon!

El Pad said...

dont get sick

Desert Rose said...

Thanks for coming over from Shortmama's! I've returned the favor and am following you back. Hopefully your insurance issue gets cleared up soon. My husband is a veteran, and it took him Forever to get his VA disability benefits, and then they lost his paperwork, so he had to go through the process again! Unorganized, understaffed, I'm not sure what the issue was, but it was quite ridiculous. It should be cut and dry on what needs to be done and not make it stressful on our veteran's and those still serving..they've been through enough already and shouldn't have to come home and fight for things all over again. Mmmkay, done ranting about it! Have a great weekend!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

Unfortunately, this is pretty typical; I have lots of family that have been in the military. One of our family friends was in the Marine Corps forever, WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars, and when he retired they tried to take away his benefits!

Kris said...

Ugh! I hope it all works out for you!

Meg said...

yikes! i find insurance so confusing and quite the headache. i had no extended health care for three months this fall, and we were so glad to finally be able to go for dentist and eye appointments when my insurance finally kicked in!!