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Loss of Eligibility

When you lose eligibility for TRICARE:

  • Each member of your family will get a termination notice telling you that you're no longer covered by TRICARE.
  • You also lose your minimum essential coverage, so you'll need to make some decisions about your health care.

If you don’t have new minimum essential coverage before your TRICARE or transitional benefits end, then you may have to pay a fee to the Internal Revenue Service for each month you don’t have minimum essential coverage.

Do I still need a Certificate of Creditable Coverage?

Starting January 1, 2015, you don't need a certificate of creditable coverageA document that shows your prior health care coverage when you lose eligibility for TRICARE. For tax year 2014, the Department of Defense won't report health coverage of service members or their families, so you will need to report your health coverage on the tax form you file. >>Learn More

Last Updated 1/2/2015

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