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TRICARE is the name of the Department of Defenses medical program for active duty, and retirees plus their families or other dependents. It is a good idea to learn about the program and its three choices. As you may know, TRICARE replaced the old CHAMPUS program. To learn about it, visit TRICARE website.

TRICARE For Life (TFL) is TRICARE's Medicare-wraparound coverage available to all Medicare-eligible TRICARE beneficiaries, regardless of age, provided they have Medicare Parts A and B. To learn more about the program, click on TRICARE FOR LIFE

The Department of Defense in April 2005 implemented TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS). TRS is a premium-based health care plan available for purchase by certain eligible members of the National Guard and Reserve who have been activated for a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001. TRS will provide comprehensive health care coverage similar to TRICARE Standard and Extra for TRS members and their covered family members. Learn about TRICARE Reserve

Get "SMART" on TRICARE withTRICARE Smart, your source for TRICARE Products Online, where you can view, print, e-mail or download copies of TRICARE brochures, booklets, handbooks, and other products. Learn more about TRICARE Smart

The TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) Communication & Customer Service Office (C&CS) is your source for news and information about TRICARE. If TMA has information you need to know, you'll find it here, at TRICARE's online news releases page.

Is your DEERS information up to date? Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting Systems is a computerized database of military sponsors, families and others worldwide who are entitled under the law to TRICARE benefits. DEERS registration is required for TRICARE eligibility. Once registered in DEERS it is important to keep your DEERS records updated when personal eligibility information changes. This includes changes in military career status; addresses; and family status (marriage, divorce, birth, and adoption. Mistakes in the database can cause problems with any of your claims. Open DEERS site and follow the instruction how to update your files.

TRICARE Standard Handbook: The new 2006 handbook goes into greater detail than prior issues, to help guide beneficiaries who are using TRICARE Standard. For more information or to obtain a copy read the press release.

TRICARE For Life:  The TFL Handbood was revised in 2008.  This is in PDF format so you can save it to your harddrive or print it out for quick reference.

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