Last pregnancy (gave birth 12/31/11) I was on Standard and didn't pay anything for prenatal care or delivery. That was in Virginia.
Fast forward to now in North Carolina. Second pregnancy and a new OB practice. Still on Tricare Standard yet I get a bill for my first visit of $84.
I call the doctor's office. She says they used to write the deductible off and they don't anymore. They now choose to bill the patient for what Tricare doesn't cover. She says this is a change within their practice, NOT Tricare. Okay....so I call Tricare.
Tricare says they billed it as "medical" instead of "maternity" and said if she coded it "maternity" I would not have a bill. I call the doctor's office back. She says she'll re-submit it but can't guarantee they will change anything on Tricare's end. She also forewarned me that the way they code the delivery, I will be billed $200....when I paid nothing before.
Anyone understand this??