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Direct-Access Planned Maintenance Outage
Direct Access will not be available from Friday, December 2, 2022 at 21:00 (CST) until Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 01:00 (CST). This outage is necessary for system and server maintenance.
Direct Access will not be available from Monday, December 19, 2022 at 23:01 (CST ) until Tuesday, January 3, 2022, at 22:59 (CST). This outage is necessary to ensure members' pay and benefits are updated to reflect the 2023 pay rates and other regulatory changes, which include COLA, BAH, and tax rates. See ALCOAST 455/22 for more information.
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Dec. 1, 2022
TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select: How to Decide
Are you thinking about your health care options for 2023? TRICARE Open Season, which runs until Dec. 13, might be your only chance all year to make changes to your current health coverage. Here are key differences between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select. Read the article to learn more.
Nov. 14, 2022
TRICARE Open Season is Here: Find the Right TRICARE Plan for You
TRICARE Open Season begins today, Nov. 14. For most TRICARE beneficiaries, this is your chance to enroll in a health plan or change health plans for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2023. You have until Tuesday, Dec. 13, to make those changes.
Nov. 7, 2022
Preview 2023 TRICARE Health Plan Costs
Depending on your TRICARE plan, you may see changes to your costs, including enrollment fees, premiums, cost-shares, and copayments next year. Check out the 2023 costs for TRICARE health plans.
Sept. 21, 2022
How Divorce Impacts Your TRICARE Benefits
Thinking about your TRICARE benefits may be the last thought on your mind during a divorce, but it's something you must consider. It’s important you understand how your TRICARE coverage may change for you, your children, and your ex-spouse.
Sept. 12, 2022
A Checklist to Help You Prepare for 2022 TRICARE Open Season
TRICARE Open Season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 13, 2022. Open season is the time when most TRICARE families can make changes to their TRICARE health care coverage for next year. Preparing for open season now can help you make the best selection later.
Aug. 30, 2022
Make Sure You Understand Recent TRICARE Telehealth Policy Changes
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) made several temporary updates to the TRICARE benefit regarding telehealth. The DHA recently updated these telehealth policies.
Aug. 26, 2022
TRICARE Helps You Stay On Top of Preventive Health Care
Preventive health checkups can help prevent health problems before they start. They can also help in the detection of conditions that you may be at risk for. TRICARE covers many types of preventive health care exams and screenings.
July 12, 2022
TRICARE - 7 Questions to Help You With Your Next PCS Move
Will you be embarking on a permanent change of station (PCS) this summer? Whether you’re moving stateside or overseas, your TRICARE coverage will move with you. Here are seven questions to think about, so you can stay a step ahead of your move.
June 30, 2022
New to TRICARE? Handbook Helps You Learn Your Health Plan Options
Whether you're on active duty, separating from service, retiring, or a family member, the TRICARE Choices in the United States Handbook can help you learn about your stateside health plan options. It also describes your pharmacy, dental, and vision coverage options.
April 28, 2022
10 TRICARE Health Care Terms You Should Know
Have you recently come across a health care term and weren’t quite sure what it meant? It’s OK. Health care coverage is full of terms you may not know. To help you better understand your TRICARE benefit, here’s a list of commonly used health care terms and definitions.
March 17, 2022
How to Get TRICARE Coverage for Your New Child
Welcoming a new child into the family is a joyous event. But there's also much to do, and much to learn, especially for first-time parents. How will you handle your new child's health care coverage? As a TRICARE beneficiary, what's the best way to extend your coverage to your baby?
March 3, 2022
Have Questions About Your Coverage? Start With the TRICARE Plans Overview
Did you know that there are multiple TRICARE health plans? They're all outlined in the TRICARE Plans Overview. If you're eligible for or enrolled in a TRICARE plan, this resource highlights key features, including eligibility, how to get care, and costs information for different health plans.
March 2, 2022
Is my prescription covered? Check out the TRICARE Formulary search tool
Make sure your prescription is covered by using the TRICARE Formulary Search Tool on the Express Scripts website before you go to the pharmacy.
Feb. 16, 2022
Is Your DEERS Information Up to Date?
When is the last time you checked to see if your information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is up to date? If it's been a while, take time to log in to DEERS and review your information. Inaccurate information in the DEERS database could prevent you from being able to use your TRICARE benefits properly.
Feb. 2, 2022
What You Need to Know About TRICARE Qualifying Life Events
The new year is upon us. Will 2022 be a year of big changes? If so, how will those changes affect you and your health care coverage? It isn't uncommon for military families to experience lots of change. That's why TRICARE allows you to enroll in, or change your TRICARE coverage after certain events, known as Qualifying Life Events (QLEs).
Jan. 25, 2022
What Will You Pay? Check TRICARE Cost Resource
Have questions about health care, pharmacy, or dental costs? You should check out the TRICARE Costs and Fees 2022 Fact Sheet. This resource provides an overview of most of your costs and fees for TRICARE health plans, the TRICARE Pharmacy Program, and the TRICARE Dental Program
Read the article to learn more.
Dec. 28, 2021
TRICARE For Life: Choosing Your Provider Option
Do you have medical coverage under the TRICARE For Life (TFL) program? Will you soon be eligible for TFL? If so, it’s important to become familiar with your choices of Medicare providers, whatever your needs may be. There are two main categories of Medicare providers: participating and non-participating. A third category is opt-out providers, which are your most expensive option. If you wish to make the best choice for your coverage, it’s important that you learn the differences between each provider type.
Dec. 13, 2021
TRICARE Pharmacy Network Changes and TRICARE For Life
CVS Pharmacy is joining the TRICARE retail pharmacy network on Dec. 15. At the same time, Walmart, Sam's Club, and some community pharmacies are leaving the network. If you're a TRICARE For Life beneficiary, you may be wondering how these changes affect the coverage of your current drugs.
Nov. 19, 2021
Answering Your Questions About TRICARE Explanation of Benefits
Have you seen your doctor recently? If so, you should have access to an explanation of benefits (EOB). Your EOB is an itemized statement that shows the action TRICARE has taken on claims filed by you or your provider. An EOB isn't a bill.