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When you retire from active duty, you and your family have a change in status.

  • You and your family members will get new ID cards
  • Your options will change after you retire, especially if you move
  • You're still eligible for TRICARE so you don't lose minimum essential coverage

Here's a quick look at how TRICARE changes when you retire. For more details, enter your plan info above.

Your Health Plan Options

When you retire, the status change will cause you to be disenrolled from your Prime Option.

  • You can re-enroll in TRICARE Prime if you live in a Prime Service Area
  • You must pay annual enrollment fees
  • You can re-enroll online, on the phone or through the mail >>Learn More
  • Your enrollment must be completed within 30 days of your retirement date to avoid a break in coverage

Or, you and your family can use any of these health plans:

Covered Services

Some services are no longer covered when you retire. These include:

Your dental plan option will be the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program.


While on active duty, you paid nothing out-of-pocket and your family's costs were minimal. As a retiree, you'll see an increase in costs. Depending on your TRICARE plan, your new costs may include:

  • Annual TRICARE Prime enrollment fees
  • TRICARE Prime network copayments
  • TRICARE Standard and Extra costs increase by 5%
  • Catastrophic cap increases from $1,000 to $3,000 annually per family. In the fiscal yearOctober 1 - September 30 you retire, any amounts accrued on active duty apply to your retired family cap

There is no change in your prescription costs.

Family Members Eligible for Medicare

Family members who are eligible for Medicare must have Medicare Part B coverage to stay eligible for TRICARE when you retire.

Moving after you retire?

If you move after you retire, be sure to update your address in DEERS.

Last Updated 10/3/2016

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