TRICARE, the Defense Department’s managed health-care system, has expanded coverage to include two medical situations:
• Non-active duty family member beneficiaries who need auditory osseointegrated implant (AOI). Used to treat hearing loss due to birth defects, trauma or disease, AOI devices are prosthetic implants into the skull that transmit sound to the inner ear.
• Patients beset with injuries to the urinary tract due to illness or injury. Such conditions can be caused by bladder or kidney disease, cancer, infections, or injuries.