TRICARE Overview

TRICARE offers comprehensive, affordable health coverage with several health plan options, a robust pharmacy benefit, dental options, special programs and demonstrations.

Getting started is easy...just follow these three steps:

1. Confirm Your Eligibility

TRICARE is available to active duty service members and retirees of the seven uniformed services, their family members, survivors and others who are registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Sponsors are automatically registered in DEERS. The sponsor must enroll their family members. When there is a change in information, each family member's eligibility record must be updated separately.

TRICARE is also available to members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families, and benefits will vary depending on the sponsor's military status.

Registration in DEERS is the key...visit the DEERS Website now or call 1-800-538-9552 to confirm or establish your eligibility for TRICARE.

2. Explore Your Health Plan Options

TRICARE offers several different health plan options to meet your needs. Plan availability depends on who you are and where you live.

Select a Plan

Review plan overviews and basic cost information to see if it's the right plan for you!

Need More Help?

Use one of the following tools to help you decide.

Plan Wizard: Answer a series of questions to narrow down your plan options

Compare Plans: Compare any two TRICARE health plan options side by side.

3. Decide and Enroll/Purchase

Not all TRICARE plans require you to enroll to participate. If you are using the following health plan options, coverage is automatic as long as you are registered in the DEERS.

  • TRICARE Standard and Extra
  • TRICARE Standard Overseas
  • TRICARE For Life (you must have Medicare Part A & B)

The following options require you to enroll or purchase the plan to participate. Click on the links below to find out how:

*Active duty service members must enroll in one of these Prime options.

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