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Learn What’s New With Your TRICARE Benefit at Upcoming Webinar

2/5/2018

Do you have a new TRICARE plan? Not sure how your new TRICARE coverage works? Do you have the same TRICARE plan, but not sure if anything changed? Join us on Monday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. (ET) for the “Take Command of Your Health: New Year, New TRICARE” webinar.

On Jan. 1, there were many changes to the TRICARE program. However, these changes didn’t affect everyone. TRICARE continues to offer beneficiaries several different health care plans. If you’re not sure what plans are available to you, plan availability still depends on who you are and where you live. In this webinar, presenters will discuss the following changes or improvements to your TRICARE benefits this year, including:

  • Health Plans: TRICARE Select replaced TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra. There are no changes to TRICARE For Life.
  • Costs: Many cost-shares (percentage of allowed amount) were replaced with copays (fixed amount). You may need to pay an enrollment fee for TRICARE Select, depending on your plan and when you became eligible for TRICARE. See your plan’s costs.
  • Enrollment: You must now be enrolled for most TRICARE plans to get or change coverage.
  • Stateside Regions and Contractors: The North and South Regions became the new East RegionClick to closeUnder the new regional contracts, the East Region is a merger of the North and South Regions and includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa (Rock Island area), Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri (St. Louis area), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (excluding El Paso area), Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.. This change will allow better coordination between the military hospitals and clinics, as well as the civilian health care providers in each region. Check to see if your regional contractor changed.
  • Accessing Care: TRICARE has improved access to urgent care.
  • What’s Covered: TRICARE increased coverage for medically necessaryClick to closeTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. foods and vitamins. Also, TRICARE Select beneficiaries now have access to additional preventive care services without a copay when received from network providers.

Register to join us on Feb. 12 to learn more about these recent changes and how to take command of your health care. You can also visit the TRICARE website for change information and options to manage your benefit online.

Last Updated 7/31/2018