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I'm Using TRICARE Standard and Extra

The options you can switch to depend on who you are and where you live.

Active Duty Family Members

Review the steps below to switch plans.

I want to switch to:  Follow these steps: 
TRICARE Prime 

You can enroll in TRICARE Prime if you live in a Prime Service Area or within 100 miles of a primary care manager. If you qualify:

  • Enroll in TRICARE Prime.
  • You remain covered by TRICARE Standard and Extra until your TRICARE Prime coverage begins.
TRICARE Prime Remote 

You can only switch to TRICARE Prime Remote if you're sponsor is enrolled and you don't live in a Prime Service Area. If you qualify:

US Family Health Plan 

To switch to the US Family Health Plan, you must live in a designated area. If you qualify:

TRICARE For Life 

To use TRICARE For Life, sign up for Medicare Part B. TRICARE For Life begins as soon as you have Medicare Part A and B.

  • If you have family members, his/her eligibility is separate from yours.
  • He/she can continue to use TRICARE Standard and Extra as long as they remain eligible.
TRICARE Young Adult 

If you qualify, you can purchase TRICARE Young Adult.

  • Enroll within 30 days of loss of TRICARE Standard and Extra to avoid a gap in coverage.
  • Go get a new ID card

Retired Service Members and Family Members

Review the steps below to switch plans.

I want to switch to:  Follow these steps: 
TRICARE Prime 

You can enroll in TRICARE Prime if you live in a Prime Service Area or within 100 miles of a primary care manager. If you qualify:

  • Enroll in TRICARE Prime.
  • You remain covered by TRICARE Standard and Extra until your TRICARE Prime coverage begins.
US Family Health Plan 

To switch to the US Family Health Plan, you must live in a designated area. If you qualify:

TRICARE For Life 

To use TRICARE For Life, sign up for Medicare Part B. TRICARE For Life begins as soon as you have Medicare Part A and B.

  • If you have family members, his/her eligibility is separate from yours.
  • He/she can continue to use TRICARE Standard and Extra as long as they remain eligible.
TRICARE Young Adult 

If you qualify, you can purchase TRICARE Young Adult.

  • Enroll within 30 days of loss of TRICARE Standard and Extra to avoid a gap in coverage.
  • Go get a new ID card

National Guard/Reserve MembersIncludes members of the:
  • Army National Guard
  • Army Reserve
  • Navy Reserve
  • Marine Corps Reserve
  • Air National Guard
  • Air Force Reserve
  • U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
and Family Members

Switching to TRICARE Reserve Select

If you’re using TRICARE Standard and Extra under the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP), you’ll automatically lose coverage when the TAMP period ends. For continuous coverage (as early as 60 days before or 30 days after the 180-day TAMP period ends) you may:

  • Log on to the DMDC Reserve Component Purchased TRICARE Application
  • If qualified, select "Purchase Coverage" and follow the instructions.
  • Choose the 1st day after your TAMP coverage will end as your TRS start date.
  • Print and sign the completed Reserve Component Health Coverage Request Form (DD Form 2896-1).
  • Mail the form and your initial premium payment to your regional contractor.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact your National Guard or Reserve Point of Contact.

Other Plans

Review the steps below to switch to other plans.

I want to switch to: Follow these steps:
TRICARE Prime

You can enroll in TRICARE Prime while covered by TAMP if you live in a Prime Service Area or within 100 miles of a primary care manager. If you qualify:

US Family Health Plan

To use the US Family Health Plan during TAMP, you must live in a designated area.

TRICARE For Life

To use TRICARE For Life, sign up for Medicare Part B. TRICARE For Life begins when you have Medicare Part A and B.

  • If you have a family members, his/her eligibility is separate from yours.
  • He/she is covered by whichever plan they are using until they are no longer eligible.
TRICARE Young Adult

If you qualify, you can purchase TRICARE Young Adult.

  • Enroll within 30 days of loss of TRICARE Standard and Extra to avoid a gap in coverage.
  • Go get a new ID card.

Last Updated 1/4/2017