Most reservists will agree that scheduling and visiting a military provider to complete your Preventive Health Assessment (PHA) or annual dental is a huge pain in the neck. Not only is making an appointment difficult, but often when you arrive the clinic will have no idea how to handle reservists. They rarely see reservists so you end up getting a run around from admin to Tricare and back to admin until finally someone knows how to process reservist appointments.
As many of you know you are allowed to complete your annual PHA or dental with a civilian provider as long as they complete the appropriate form. However, AFI 44-170, paragraph 188.8.131.52 states that you must have a face-to-face PHA at least once every three years.
However, that has changed and the new regulation as of August 2016 is that unless determined by a military medical provider during a member’s WebHA, or specifically requested by a member, a face to face PHA is no longer required every 3 years.
This is great news, unfortunately and for no logical reason the requirement to see a military dentist every 3 years is sill in place. Baby steps people, baby steps.