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TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE is a major part of the Military Health System that:

  • Combines the resources of military hospitals and clinics with civilian health care networks
  • Offers several health plan options that:
    • Give you access to high-quality health care
    • Meet the requirements for minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act
  • Provides comprehensive health coverage, including prescription drugs
  • Supports military operations and readiness

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TRICARE has Changed

Over the coming months and years, you will see some significant changes to the TRICARE health plan. Most provisions went into effect on January 1, 2018, with full implementation occurring on January 1, 2019. Go to the TRICARE Changes and You Spotlight to learn more.

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The Future of TRICARE

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11/3/2017

This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of upcoming TRICARE changes that affect your medical benefits.

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All of the Updates - TRICARE Changes

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11/3/2017
Doctor and patient talking in an exam room.

All of the updates to the new health care system

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Winning against breast cancer with the help of TRICARE

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11/3/2017
Air Force Col. Theresa Medina, 319th Medical Group commander, and her daughter Sophia, pose for a photo at a harvest festival Oct. 7, 2017 at Grand Forks, N.D. Medina was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer on Nov. 3, 2011, but with the help of TRICARE and the support of family and friends she is now cancer free. (Courtesy photo)

Fifteen minutes after finding out she landed a position as a squadron commander at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, she found out she was diagnosed with cancer

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Changes to TRICARE disenrollment coming in 2018

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10/30/2017
TRICARE urges you to take command of your health care to enhance your TRICARE experience.

As part of the changes coming to TRICARE on Jan. 1, 2018, there will be new rules affecting disenrollment.

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Online patient portal saves time, improves access to medical information

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10/30/2017
The TRICARE Online Patient Portal connects registered users with online health care information and services at military hospitals and clinics.

Patients who can more easily access their own health information using TRICARE Online are more inclined to use the health benefit

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Electronic PSA: TRICARE is Changing!

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10/26/2017

Electronic public service announcement you can customize locally to promote the changes coming to TRICARE in 2018.

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Print PSA: TRICARE Select

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10/26/2017

This public service announcement describes TRICARE Select, the new plan replacing TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra on January 1, 2018.

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Print PSA: TRICARE East Region

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10/26/2017

This public service announcement describes how the TRICARE North and TRICARE South regions will combine to become the TRICARE East region in 2018.

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Print PSA: Enrollment Required in 2018

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10/26/2017

This public service announcement describes the requirement for beneficiaries to be enrolled in a TRICARE plan to be covered for care in civilian health care facilities.

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Print PSA: Changes to Costs and Billing

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10/26/2017

This public service announcement describes changes coming to health care costs and the billing cycles for TRICARE in 2018.

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TRICARE payment types for calendar year 2018

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10/18/2017
TRICARE urges you to take command of your health care to enhance your TRICARE experience.

With the Jan. 1, 2018 changes to new stateside regions and contractors, you may need to update your payment option to guarantee continued payment of your TRICARE enrollment fees and monthly premiums

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TRICARE enrollments shifting from fiscal to calendar year starting in January 2018

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10/13/2017
TRICARE urges you to take command of your health care to enhance your TRICARE experience.

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, cost changes for TRICARE benefits transition from a fiscal year October 1 - September 30 period to a calendar year period

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Military nurse midwives ride rollercoaster of emotions with their patients

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10/6/2017
Army Maj. Lena Fabian (left), staff midwife, William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Fort Bliss, Texas, places a wireless monitoring system on Capt. Merry Fontenot, a staff midwife 36 weeks into her pregnancy. (Photo by Marcy Sanchez, William Beaumont Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office)

Oct. 1-7, 2017 is National Midwifery Week, and midwives in the Military Health System perform important tasks.

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Take Command of Your Health: Milestone changes coming to TRICARE

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10/4/2017
The Defense Health Agency recently met a key requirement for implementing these changes, with the publication of a formal document – called an Interim Final Rule – that establishes the legal “rules of the road” for putting in place changes mandated by Congress. “We are working hard to use the opportunity Congress gave us to continue building a health plan that does even better for our beneficiaries, the warfighter, and the taxpayers who support us,” said Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of Defense Health Agency. (DoD file photo)

Beneficiaries will be able to take command of their health care through expanded choices

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DoD leaders announce TRICARE Interim Final Rule changes

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10/3/2017
DoD leaders have announced the Interim Final Rule that charts the way forward for transforming TRICARE, the military’s health care system. Pictured here, Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, speaks about provisions in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2017 conference in Orlando, Florida. (DoD photo)

The Interim Final Rule charts the way forward for transforming TRICARE

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