Updated On: 10/15/2012 10:18:23 PM
NAVAL AMBULATORY CARE CENTER
162 First St., Port Hueneme, CA 93043
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.
The Naval Branch Health Clinic, Port Hueneme is comprised of the Medical Clinic at Port Hueneme as well as the Dental Clinic on Port Hueneme. The Branch Health Clinic Point Mugu has co-located medical and dental facilities.
In addition, Branch Medical Clinic Seal Beach, Branch Medical Annex at San Nicolas Island, Industrial Hygiene, and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) all fall under the leadership of the Officer in Charge.
Naval Branch Health Clinic Port Hueneme is the Primary Care Manager and dental provider of choice for the DoD population for Ventura County.
The Naval Branch Health Clinic has a combined staff of nearly 200 military and civilian personnel at these eight geographically diverse locations, providing family practice and general dentistry health care to active duty personnel and eligible beneficiaries. Naval Branch Health Clinic falls under the command and control umbrella of Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.
Naval Branch Health Clinic, Port Hueneme and its subordinate's mission is to improve the health of the beneficiary population to the greatest extent possible by providing safe, efficient, effective, family medicine and general dentistry. The clinic is ready to deploy in support of our operational forces. The clinic also provides support to Naval Mobilization Possessing Command as a major Mobilization/ Demobilization site for Seabees and Individual Augmentees in support of the GlobalWar on Terror.
MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM
America's Military Health System (MHS) is a unique partnership of medical educators, medical researchers and healthcare providers and their support personnel worldwide. This DoD enterprise consists of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; the medical departments of theArmy, Navy, Marine Corps,Air Force, Coast Guard and Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Combatant Command surgeons; and TRICARE providers (including private sector healthcare providers, hospitals and pharmacies).
TRICARE is the Department of Defense's health care program for active-duty military members, retirees, eligible Reservists and Guard members, and their families.With TRICARE beneficiaries can choose from several different health care options in both the United States and overseas, making the program easy for military families to use.
TRICARE services are available through Military Treatment Facilities or civilian health care providers. Understanding how TRICARE works will help you and your family take advantage of this benefit.
Although TRICARE manages the health care program, the service branches determine eligibility. Your installation's personnel office can help you with eligibility determination and enrollment.
Eligibility. All active-duty service members, retirees, their spouses and unmarried children (including stepchildren) under the age of 21 (or 23 if attending school full time) are eligible for TRICARE.
Eligibility for Reservists and Guard. Guard and Reserve members called to active duty for 30 consecutive days or more are eligible for comprehensive health coverage through TRICARE, which includes coverage for their family members. Visit the TRICARE Web site at www.tricare.osd.mil/reserve for specific details.
Defense Eligibility and Reporting System (DEERS). DEERS validates eligibility for health care benefits. Active-duty military members and retirees are automatically enrolled in DEERS; however, you must also make sure your eligible family members are in the system. Enrollment in DEERS can be confirmed through your installation's personnel office or by calling DEERS at (800) 538-9552. More information on DEERS is available at www.tricare.osd.mil/deers.
Tired of long waits spent on hold to make a medical appointment? If you or your beneficiaries are TRICARE Prime to Naval Ambulatory Care Center Port Hueneme and have an assigned Primary Care Manager (PCM), you can go online to www.tricareonline.com to schedule appointments at your convenience. You just need to complete a few easy steps for registration. Be sure to keep your username and password stored safely in your computer and keep a record in a place you will remember for later use.
Contracted medical administrators in three regions within the United States manage TRICARE benefits. TRICARE benefits are also available to beneficiaries who are stationed overseas. Each of the three U.S. TRICARE regions has a regional contractor that coordinates medical services through Military Treatment Facilities and civilian health care providers. The contractors operate TRICARE service centers, provide customer service and oversee the program.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance administers the TRICARE program for military service members and their families in the 21-state West Region, including Naval Base Ventura County. You can contact them at:
(888) TRIWEST (874-9378)
TriWest Healthcare Alliance offers the following behavioral health services for beneficiaries:
• TriWest's Behavioral Health Portal on www.triwest.com provides access to local and national resources and information on depression, stress, substance and more.
• Personalized depression support and education from a TriWest clinical health coach.
• Sponsorship of National Military Family Association (NMFA) summer camps for the children of deployed Service members.
• A toll-free Crisis Line established to provide assistance 24-hours a day, every day, at (866) 284-3743.