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The newly released Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) ensures that service members and their families will be able to visit urgent cares when necessary without prior authorization—access that would not have been covered under the NDAA, historically. The 2017 rules state that military medical treatment facilities must provide urgent care services for members of armed forces and covered beneficiaries until 11 PM daily; in areas where there are no such facilities, however, they can go to urgent care clinics through the healthcare provider network under the TRICARE program. The Urgent Care Association of America had lobbied for the legislation, and urged its members to follow suit.

Military Families Keep Expanded Urgent Care Access
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