Guard and Reserve members are "activated" when called to active service for more than 30 consecutive days. When actviated, you and your family are eligible for active duty health benefits, including prescription drug coverage.
Health Plan Options
The Guard/Reserve member is elibigle for active duty TRICARE benefits. When you get to your final duty station, you'll enroll in one of the TRICARE Prime options:
Family members may qualify to enroll in one of these options depending on where they live when you're activated, but they also have other options:
- Guard/Reserve members qualify for active duty dental benefits when activated. >>Learn more
- If enrolled in the TRICARE Dental Program, this coverage will automatically end.
- Family members remain eligible for the TRICARE Dental Program, but at the lower, active duty family member rates. If enrolled before your sponsor was activated, your premium rates will be automatically reduced.
The pre-activation benefit provides "early" eligibility for TRICARE when you are issued delayed-effective-date orders. If you meet the early eligibility requirements:
- Coverage begins up to 180 days before you report to active duty.
- Includes pharmacy and dental care.
- Family members are also covered during this pre-activation period.
- Benefits continue when active duty service begins.
If you do not meet early eligibility requirements, coverage for you and your family begins on the first day of your orders.
Are you covered by TRICARE Reserve Select?
TRICARE Reserve Select coverage ends when you are activated.
- Any premium amounts already paid for periods beyond the end date will be refunded.
- You may re-purchase TRICARE Reserve Select when you are deactivated, if you re-qualify.
Do you have family members enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult?
As long as the sponsor remains eligible for TRICARE coverage, either TRICARE Reserve Select or active duty benefits, children may remain enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult with no changes in coverage.