One Week Left to Take Advantage of TRICARE Open Season

12/7/2020

Did you know that the TRICARE Open Season ends next week? If you haven’t enrolled in a TRICARE health plan—or made changes to your current plan—your last chance to do so is Monday, Dec. 14. Any enrollment changes you make during this time will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

“Open season is only here for a limited time,” said Mark Ellis, chief of the Policy and Programs Section of the TRICARE Health Plan with the Defense Health Agency. “Make time this week to evaluate your benefit choices and make changes to make sure the right coverage is in place for you and your family next year.”

Does TRICARE Open Season apply to me?

Open season applies to anyone enrolled in or eligible for a TRICARE Prime option or TRICARE Select. This enrollment period allows you to sign up for a new plan or switch your plan between individual and family enrollment. After Dec. 14, you’ll only be able to do this if you or a family member experiences a Qualifying Life Event. Open season doesn’t apply to premium-based plans or TRICARE For Life.

As explained in the TRICARE Plans Overview, if you don’t have TRICARE coverage, you may only receive care military hospitals and clinics if space is available. 

I want to keep my plan. Do I need to do anything?

If you don’t participate in open season, your current TRICARE health plan will automatically continue through 2021 or as long as you’re eligible. However, if you’re a Group A retiree or family member enrolled in TRICARE Select, you must set up payment for new monthly enrollment fees to continue your current coverage next year.

How do I enroll in a plan?

You can enroll or make changes to your plan using any one of the below options:

  • By phone: Call your TRICARE contractor.
  • By mail or fax: Fill out and mail your enrollment form to your TRICARE contractor. If you live stateside, you also have the option to fax your enrollment form.
  • In person: Visit an overseas TRICARE Service Center.
  • Online (new enrollment): Log in to milConnect, click on the “Benefits” tab, and choose “Beneficiary Web Enrollment (BWE)” from the menu.

BWE isn’t recommended if you want to switch plans. Use one of the other options, like phone or mail, to switch your plans. If you plan to make changes to your TRICARE coverage, don’t forget to make sure your information is up to date in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

Can I enroll in dental and vision coverage, too?

Yes. If you need dental or vision coverage, see if you’re eligible for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). FEDVIP is a voluntary program that offers a wide range of dental and vision carriers. FEDVIP enrollment is separate from TRICARE, but both open seasons end Dec. 14. Go to BENEFEDS to learn more.

As you explore your coverage options during the final days of open season, use TRICARE resources to guide you. You can learn more about health plan costs with the Compare Costs Tool or by downloading the TRICARE Costs and Fees Sheet. You can also compare plan features with the Compare Plans Tool. Take command of your health and your 2021 coverage.

At the time of posting, this information is current. For the most recent information, contact your TRICARE contractor or local military hospital or clinic.

Last Updated 10/14/2021