Getting TRICARE for Your Child
First, register your baby in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Registering your child in DEERS is separate from enrolling your child in any health plan option and is the first step to ensuring your child is eligible for benefits. >>Watch TRICARE Spot: Newborn Enrollment
You do not need a social security number to register your child in DEERS. Once you have one, update DEERS with that information. >>Learn More
Health Plan Options
Your baby will have the same health plan options that you have. See the general guidelines, below:
TRICARE Standard and Extra
TRICARE Standard and Extra coverage is automatic as soon as your child is registered in DEERS. If you live in an area where TRICARE Prime is available, you may also enroll your baby in TRICARE Prime.
TRICARE Prime & TRICARE Prime Remote
If any family member is already enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Prime Remote, the baby will be considered enrolled for the first 60 days. But, if the child is not registered in DEERS within those first sixty days, the coverage will revert to TRICARE Standard and Extra.
TRICARE Prime Overseas & TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas
If any family member is already enrolled in TRICARE Prime Overseas or TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas, the baby will be considered enrolled for the first 120 days. But, if the child is not registered in DEERS within those first sixty days, the coverage will revert to TRICARE Standard Overseas.
TRICARE Reserve Select & TRICARE Retired Reserve
If using TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve, your baby is not automatically covered and claims will not be paid until you have added your baby to the plan.
If you have not registered your child in DEERS within one year (365 days) of his or her birth or adoption, DEERS will show "loss of eligibility" on day 366, and your child will no longer be able to receive benefits until he or she is registered in DEERS.