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Separating from Active Duty

You and your family may qualify for temporary health care coverage when you separate from the service or “get out” before you retire.

Active Duty Service Members

There are two programs for temporary coverage. You may qualify for:

If you seperate from active duty, that is different than if you retire. >>Learn More

National Guard/Reserve Members

What you can get depends on your military status before you separate.

If you separate right after active duty service, you may qualify for:

If you aren't activated when you separate, you may qualify for temporary coverage. Check with your Service representative for details.

If you're a member of the Selected Reserve and get TRICARE Reserve Select, you may purchase the Continued Health Care Benefit Program when you separate.

You may be able to extend your TRICARE Reserve Select coverage up to 180 days.  You may qualify if you:

  • Are a member of the Selected Reserve
  • Get TRICARE Reserve Select 
  • Were involuntarily separated under not adverse conditions 

For more information, contact your Service personnel department.

Certificate of Creditable Coverage

You and all family members in DEERS will get a certificate of creditable coverage when you’re no longer eligible for TRICARE. You’ll need the certificate when you sign up for a new health plan.

Last Updated 10/8/2014

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