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Albuquerque Business First

Beginning April 1, Lovelace Health System’s hospitals will provide health care services to members of the TRICARE insurance plan for military service members and their families, Lovelace said Thursday.

There are more than 60,000 TRICARE beneficiaries in New Mexico, and Lovelace is hoping a significant number will chose their facilities for treatment, said Lovelace Vice President and CFO Stephen Forney.

“We are really happy to have the opportunity to serve the military community and we are looking forward to it. We view it as very positive and we intend to make it a very positive experience for the military community,” Forney said.

Lovelace has never been part of the TRICARE system, so the agreement means Lovelace’s hospitals could get new customers and patients, Forney added.

The agreement with TRICARE means its “members will now have access to Lovelace Health System’s six acute care hospitals, dedicated rehabilitation hospital and 11 retail pharmacy locations,” Lovelace President and CEO Ron Stern said.

Lovelace has set up a concierge phone line at (505) 727-5502 for TRICARE members to help them become familiar with the Lovelace system, Forney added.

“Anything the [TRICARE members] want to know about services or setting up an appointment, we can help them get it done through that number,” Forney said.

Beginning April 1, Lovelace Health System’s hospitals will provide health care services to members of the TRICARE insurance plan, Lovelace said Thursday. Pictured is Lovelace Vice President and CFO Stephen Forney.

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