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
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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