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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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Policy Memorandum to Establish Calendar Year 2018 Premium Rates for the TRICARE Young Adult Program

Policy

This memo establishes the 2018 premium rates for the TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) Program. TYA premium rates are established annually on a calendar year basis in accordance with Title 10, United States Code, Section 11 lOb and Title 32, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 199.26.

Affordable Care Act mandates reporting minimum essential health care coverage

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1/6/2017
Navy Capt. Jesse Geibe, Naval Hospital Jacksonville director for public health, listens to a patient’s heart rate. The Jacksonville Business Journal honored Geibe as a 2016 Health Care Hero. Defense Department officials are reminding military and civilian employees that they must report their health care coverage to the Internal Revenue Service when they file their 2016 federal income tax form. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

Defense Department civilians, military members, nonappropriated funds employees and their families will need to validate their minimum essential health care coverage as reported to the Internal Revenue Service

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Defense Health Agency Year in Review

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12/20/2016
Defense Health Agency’s Director, Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, visited the Medical Education and Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to see the training of the next generation of enlisted medical personnel earlier this fall.

As 2016 comes to an end, it is important to reflect on the goals, accomplishments and events that shaped DHA this year

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GAO upholds TRICARE contract awards

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11/15/2016
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The Government Accountability Office announced the results of its review of the protests filed against the TRICARE 2017 Managed Care Support Contracts awards November 11

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The Defense Health Agency makes additional laboratory developed tests available

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10/21/2016
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The Defense Health Agency updated its policies, making 25 additional laboratory developed tests available to TRICARE patients

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Approved Laboratory Developed Tests

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10/21/2016

Approved Laboratory Developed Tests by Test Name or by Gene(s) Tested

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Ten defendants charged in $100 Million TRICARE fraud scheme

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10/17/2016
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Special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service arrested nine defendants this week in connection with their roles in a $100 million health care fraud conspiracy perpetrated against TRICARE

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Memorandum to Establish 2017 TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve Rates

Policy

Calendar Year 2017 premium rates are established for TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve as specified in the attachment. Please provide widest dissemination. This information can be found at www.tricare.mil/trs and www.tricare.mil/trr.

Memorandum to Establish 2017 Premium Rates for the TRICARE Young Adult Program

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This memo establishes the CY2017 Premium Rates for TRICARE Young Adult

TRICARE expands access to mental health care, substance use disorder treatment

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9/29/2016
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Significant improvements to TRICARE's mental health benefit being implemented

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DHA director visits JBER hospital with a greater healthcare vision

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8/30/2016
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, tours the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson hospital, Alaska. The DHA is a joint agency that enables Army, Navy and Air Force medical services to provide a healthy force in both peacetime and war. (U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Christopher R. Morales)

The Defense Health Agency director visited the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson hospital to determine which plans and practices need to be developed, advanced or sustained

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Memorandum to Establish 2016 Rates for TRICARE Young Adult Premiums

Policy

TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) premium rates are established annually on a calendar year (CY) basis in accordance with Title 10, United States Code, Section 1110b and Title 32, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 199.26.

Have a #MilKid? Here's how to use TRICARE

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10/2/2015
Infographic that explains TRICARE coverage for children.

This infographic shows you the steps to take to get TRICARE for your child and highlights your child's benefits from birth to college. Learn more at www.tricare.mil/baby.

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How a Benefit Become Covered by TRICARE

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9/1/2015
Infographic depicted steps for a benefit to become covered by TRICARE

Shows the step-by-step process of how a benefit becomes covered by TRICARE

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DoD Directive 6010.04: Healthcare for Uniformed Services Members and Beneficiaries

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This directive reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 6010.04 (Reference (a)) to update established policy and assigned responsibilities for administering Title 10, United States Code (Reference (b)). It serves as the joint document for administration of healthcare benefits required pursuant to Reference (b), and is issued by the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services

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