Keeping Minimum Essential Coverage
When you have TRICARE coverage, you have minimum essential coverageBasic health care coverage that meets the Affordable Care Act requirement. If you don’t have coverage, you may have to pay a fee for each month you aren’t covered. under the Affordable Care Act. When you lose TRICARE, you'll lose minimum essential coverage. You will then need to make some decisions about your health care.
It’s important to get a health care plan with minimum essential coverage before your TRICARE or temporary benefits end. If not, you may have to pay a fee to the Internal Revenue Service for each month you don’t have minimum essential coverage.