TRICARE is the primary healthcare benefits program for members of the military community.
There are over 200 specific items that may be covered by TRICARE, depending on your level of coverage.
Some treatments require prior authorization before TRICARE will cover them. Your provider must get approval before these treatments are 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 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.
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.
TRICARE Prime is the most popular healthcare plan used by active-duty military families. It is the cheapest plan available.
Enrollment in TRICARE Prime’s basic health care plan is limited geographically to beneficiaries who are near military treatment facilities.