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Prepare for TRICARE Open Season: Compare TRICARE Plan Costs with Cost Comparison Tool

10/19/2018

Do you have questions about your TRICARE costs? Your health care costs depend on your health plan, and who you are. If you’re an active duty family member enrolled in TRICARE Prime, for example, you’ll pay different costs than a retiree enrolled in TRICARE Select. To help you make informed choices, you can view and compare costs between TRICARE plans using the TRICARE Compare Cost Tool.

The compare plans feature is especially helpful if you’re thinking about changing your health care plan during the upcoming TRICARE Open Season (Nov. 12 – Dec. 10). Not only are you able to compare TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select costs, you can see the costs for individuals and families. During TRICARE Open Season, you can enroll in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select, switch between the two plans, and switch from individual to family coverage.

With the new TRICARE Compare Cost Tool, you can see TRICARE costs, including copayments, enrollment fees, and deductibles. Active duty service members pay nothing out of pocket for any type of care. Active duty family members only pay for care when using a TRICARE Prime plan if they get care without a referral, when they use TRICARE Select, or if they use a network pharmacy or TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery. There is no cost for services received at a military hospital or clinic, except for a per-day fee when receiving inpatient care.

To get started, you must choose your health plan, sponsor status, and lastly the date the sponsor entered the uniformed service. You can compare the health care costs of multiple plans at one time.

TRICARE cost changes vary and may change annually. This is due to factors such as population growth, aging, and price increases for medical goods and services. These price increases may relate to rising drug costs, using new medical technology, increasing provider rates, and more.

Take command of your health by learning about your health plan costs and download the TRICARE Costs and Fees Sheet. As 2019 approaches, find the latest costs and fees for TRICARE plans on the TRICARE website. Additional TRICARE online tools to help you choose the right TRICARE plan for you and your family are the TRICARE Plan Finder and Compare Plans.

Last Updated 10/19/2018