Air Force Medicine

Family Criteria

Family members of active duty Airmen and civilian employees appointed to an overseas position, who meet one or more of the following criteria, will be identified as family members with special medical needs:

  • Potentially life-threatening conditions and/or chronic medical/physical conditions (to include, but not limited to, high-risk newborns, patients with a diagnosis of cancer within the last five years, sickle cell disease or insulin-dependent diabetes) requiring follow-up support more than once a year, or specialty care.
  • Current and chronic (duration of six months or longer) mental health condition (such as, but not limited to, bipolar, conduct, major affective or thought/personality disorders); inpatient or intensive outpatient mental health service within the last five years; intensive (greater than one visit monthly for more than six months) mental health services required at the present time. This includes medical care from any provider, including a primary health care provider.
  • A diagnosis of asthma or other respiratory-related diagnosis with chronic recurring wheezing that meets one of the following criteria:
    • Scheduled use of inhaled and anti-inflammatory agents and/or bronchodilators.
    • History of emergency room use or clinic visits for acute asthma exacerbations within the last year.
    • History of one or more hospitalizations for asthma within the past five years.
    • History of intensive care admissions for asthma within the past five years.
  • A diagnosis of attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that meets one of the following criteria:
    • A comorbid psychological diagnosis.
    • Requires multiple medications, psycho pharmaceuticals (other than stimulants) or does not respond to a normal dose of medication. Requires management and treatment by mental health provider (e.g., psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker).
    • Requires specialty consultant, other than a family practice physician or general medical officer, more than twice a year on a chronic basis.
    • Requires modification of the educational curriculum or the use of behavioral management staff.
  • Requires adaptive equipment (such as apnea home monitor, home nebulizer, wheelchair, splints, braces, orthotics, hearing aids, home oxygen therapy, home ventilator, etc.).
  • Requires assistive technology devices such as communication devices or services.
  • Requires environmental/architectural considerations such as limited number of steps, wheelchair accessibility/housing modifications and air conditioning.