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Patients by TRICARE Plan

TRICARE serves approximately 9.6 million beneficiaries. This table shows the breakdown of that population by the type of plans being used. To learn more about these plans, visit the TRICARE Website.

Number of Beneficiaries TRICARE Plan Additional Information
4.655 million TRICARE PrimeA managed care option available in Prime Service Areas in the United States; you have an assigned primary care manager who provides most of your care.TRICARE Prime, which includes:
  • TRICARE Prime RemoteA managed care option for active duty service members and their families who live in designated remote locations in the U.S. (usually more than 50 miles or one hour's drive time from a military hospital or clinic).TRICARE Prime Remote
  • TRICARE Prime OverseasA managed care option for active duty service members and command-sponsored family members in overseas areas near military hospitals and clinics.TRICARE Prime Overseas
  • TRICARE Prime Remote OverseasA managed care option for active duty service members and command-sponsored family members in designated remote overseas locations.TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas
  • Active Duty Service Members - 1.396 million
  • Active Duty Family Members - 1.351 million
  • Activated Guard/Reserve Members - 192,877
  • Activated Guard/Reserve Family Members - 192,429
  • Retired Service Members - 531,765
  • Retired Family Members and Survivors - 493,450
  • Others - 21,467
2.071 million TRICARE SelectStarting on January 1, 2018, TRICARE Select replaces TRICARE Standard and Extra. TRICARE Select is a self-managed, preferred provider network plan. TRICARE Select is a fee-for-service option in the United States that allows you to get care from any TRICARE-authorized provider.  Enrollment is required to participate. TRICARE Select
  • Active Duty Family Members - 261,302
  • Activated Guard/Reserve Family Members - 93,130
  • Retired Service Members - 407,431
  • Retired Family Members and Survivors - 825,882
  • Others - 91,182
2.385 million TRICARE For LifeMedicare-wraparound coverage for TRICARE-eligible beneficiaires who have both Medicare Part A and B.TRICARE For Life
  • TRICARE For Life only - 2,092,400 million
  • TRICARE PlusA limited primary care program available at some military hospitals and clinics.TRICARE Plus - 185,799
  • US Family Health PlanA Prime option available through networks of community-based, not-for-profit health care systems in six areas of the U.S.US Family Health Plan - 41,938
  • Prime - 62,622
391,712 TRICARE Reserve SelectA premium-based plan for qualified Selected Reserve members and their families.TRICARE Reserve Select
  • GR/SM: 145,508
  • GR/FM: 245,718
  • Others: 486
10,317 TRICARE Retired ReserveA preimum-based plan for qualified Retired Reserve members and their families.TRICARE Retired Reserve
  • Retired SM: 3,752
  • Retiree FM: 6,532
  • Others: 33
37,167 TRICARE Young AdultA premium-based plan for qualified adult children.TRICARE Young Adult
  • Prime Option - 10,509
  • Standard Option - 26,658


US Family Health Plan (who are NOT Medicare eligible – Medicare USFHP TFL box above)
  • Active Duty Family Member: 33,616
  • Retired SM: 28,077
  • Retiree FM and Survivors: 48,127
  • Others: 799
90,634 Beneficiaries who are age 65 and older, but not eligible for TRICARE For Life  


Eligible for Direct (MTF) Care only (i.e, not eligible for Purchased CareThe TRICARE Health Program is often referred to as purchased care. It is the services we “purchase” through the managed care support contracts.purchased care or TRICARE for Life)

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