Winnsboro, Texas – Veterans and Active-Duty military seeking individual/family coverage can obtain in-network care from the distinguished providers and hospitals of CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic and CHRISTUS Health with the expansion of the US Health Family Plan into Winnsboro and Wood County.
The network is active, and everyone eligible can enroll in USFHP in Winnsboro today. During Open Enrollment from November 11 through December 9, 2019, future members can secure health insurance coverage that begins January 1, 2020, through the US Health Family Plan (USFHP), administered by CHRISTUS Health. The plan is similar in benefit and cost structure to TRICARE Prime, the program for uniformed service members. All eligible beneficiaries can enroll during open enrollment season and may be able to transfer between TRICARE Prime options any time. Additionally, the plan requires no referrals for in-network providers and is portable if locating to where USFHP is offered.
“We are excited about the expansion of USFHP in the communities we serve in Winnsboro and Wood County,” said Paul Harvey, Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Winnsboro. “Our veterans and military members deserve the best care they can obtain, and by expanding access to the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic, they will be able to seek their care from nationally-recognized, award-winning health care organizations. They will be able to see highly trained primary care providers and specialists with expertise among the very best in the country – all accessible right here in Northeast Texas. We are privileged to offer faith-based, compassionate care and welcome the opportunity to serve even more of our friends and neighbors.”
All seven branches of the US Armed Forces are eligible for the plan, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, US Public Health Service (PHS), and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA), as long as they meet any of the following criteria:
- Military retirees, 64 years of age and younger
- Husbands, wives, and eligible family members of active duty or retired uniformed service members who are 64 years of age or younger
- Non-remarried husbands, wives, and eligible unmarried children of deceased retired service members who are 64 years of age and younger
- Children qualify up to age 21 if unmarried and up to 23 if in school full time
- Married Reservists and National Guard who are 60 to 64 years old, eligible for retirement, plus their eligible family members
- Certain recipients of designated honors (e.g., Medal of Honor)
After being on active status for more than 30 consecutive days for a federal pre-planned mission or in support of a contingency operation, the Reservists and/or National Guard’s eligible family members may enroll in US Family Health Plan. This also applies to the 180-day transition after demobilization period known as TAMP (Transitional Assistance Management Program).
“As CHRISTUS Health has continued to grow, so has our sophistication in delivering care. Through a network of physician clinics, outpatient treatment centers, long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals, and dozens of other ministries and ventures, CHRISTUS Health is inspired by our mission, vision and core values to deliver compassionate, high quality health care, improving the health of the communities we serve,” said Matt Miles, CHRISTUS Health Plan’s director of sales. “Above all, we are committed to providing those that we interact with a truly unique healing experience, one that embodies our values and respects the dignity and work of each person.”
“Expanding access to high-quality, patient-focused medical care is a foundational element of CHRISTUS Health, and this health plan service area expansion is a significant step forward along that path,” said Nancy Horstmann, CEO CHRISTUS Health Plans. “The mission of CHRISTUS Health is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, and first and foremost, we want members to get the coverage they need. We are excited to be able to grow to reach new members, and we will continue to work diligently to ensure we are here to meet their needs.”