- TRICARE Overview
- TRICARE Plans
- Other Benefits
TRICARE is the primary healthcare benefits program for members of the military community. It provides a variety of healthcare plans to active-duty and retired Uniformed Service members,
Besides your general medical care and related diagnostics and testing, there are over 200 specific items that may be covered by TRICARE, depending on your level of coverage.
Certain treatments require prior authorization before TRICARE will cover them. Your provider must get approval from TRICARE before these treatments will be covered.
In order to be registered with TRICARE, all qualifying beneficiaries must also be registered with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility System, or “DEERS”.
The following individuals are eligible for various forms of TRICARE: Uniformed Service members, which includes active duty and retired members of the
If you are a member of the National Guard or Reserves, being called to active duty for more than 30 days makes you and your family eligible for TRICARE Prime and Standard the same day you are due to report
Some forms of TRICARE require enrollment, while you will be automatically registered for others.
Those eligible for TRICARE can continue to receive benefits for up to 180 days following active-duty status. In addition, there are programs available to ensure that transitioning from active-duty service
TRICARE Prime is the most popular healthcare plan used by active-duty military families. It is the cheapest plan available, requiring less money out-of-pocket than other TRICARE plans.
Enrollment in TRICARE Prime’s basic health care plan is limited geographically to beneficiaries who are near military treatment facilities.
TRICARE Standard is a premium health care plan that allows you to choose any TRICARE Standard authorized provider. It allows beneficiaries a greater degree of freedom in selecting providers,
TRICARE Extra is available to all TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries except active-duty service members. TRICARE Extra is essentially the same health care plan as TRICARE Standard
When a service member retires from active duty or from service in the National Guard or Reserve, his or her eligibility for TRICARE coverage and as a TRICARE sponsor for family members changes
Military retirees and their spouses will no longer be eligible for regular TRICARE coverage after the age of 65. At this point, health care coverage will be provided primarily through TRICARE for Life,
TRICARE Retired Reserve is available to qualifying retired Reserve and National Guard members and to their families and survivors.
The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program is available to retired service members and their families for coverage in all U.S. territories and Canada.
The Uniformed Services Family Health Plan, or “USFHP”, is available to persons living in select areas within the United States.
The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare”, extended eligibility for family health care plans to dependent children up to the age of 26.
The TRICARE Extended Care Health Option, or “ECHO”, provides extended coverage to active-duty family members with certain physical
In order to reduce the impact of out-of-pocket costs incurred when choosing TRICARE Standard or TRICARE Extra, you may elect to seek supplemental insurance.
TRICARE Reserve Select is available to all National Guard and Reserve members and their families, whether or not they are on active-duty
While active-duty service members receive dental care from at military treatment facilities, family members of active-duty personnel, non-active duty National Guard
The TRICARE Pharmacy Program provides benefits to all TRICARE beneficiaries, including TRICARE for Life beneficiaries who also have Medicare Parts A and B
TRICARE, TRICARE for Life, and most civilian health care plans specifically exclude long-term care from coverage. Long-term care refers to care required when an individual requires assistance