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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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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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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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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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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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Interim Final Rule: Establishment of TRICARE Select and Other TRICARE Reforms

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This interim final rule implements the primary features of section 701 and partially implements several other sections of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA-17). The law makes significant changes to the TRICARE program, especially to the health maintenance organization (HMO)-like health plan, known as TRICARE Prime; to the preferred provider organization (PPO) health plan, previously called TRICARE Extra which is to be replaced.

Take Command to make a smooth transition with TRICARE in 2018

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9/20/2017
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The Military Health System is modernizing TRICARE to better serve you and respond to changes in law and policy.

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DHA director visits Ramstein, discusses healthcare changes

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9/8/2017
Recently, Navy Vice Adm. Raquel C. Bono, Defense Health Agency director, visited Ramstein Air Base, to discuss future changes to the healthcare program for military members. (U.S. Air Force file photo)

The DHA is working with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System office to ensure the transition goes smoothly

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Changes are coming to TRICARE: Are you ready?

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8/31/2017
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Changes are coming to your TRICARE benefit beginning January 1, 2018. These changes will give you more benefit choices, improving your access to care and simplifying cost shares. The best way to prepare is to update your information in DEERS, sign up for TRICARE benefit updates, and visit the TRICARE Changes page.

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Lab developed tests help keep military medicine on the leading edge of innovation

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7/24/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Mari Crespo, a medical laboratory technician, conducts tests on a blood bank unit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 26, 2017. A program that allows lab developed tests for purchased care for TRICARE beneficiaries has been renewed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Teresa J. Cleveland)

A program that allows coverage of lab developed tests for purchased care for TRICARE beneficiaries has been renewed.

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Policy Memorandum to Establish 2018 Monthly Premium Rates for TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve

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This policy memorandum establishes the 2018 monthly premium rates for TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve.

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

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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.

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