Calendar Year Costs for TRICARE Resets Jan. 1
In 2018, TRICARE implemented a number of changes. These changes include improving access to care and simplifying costs. Most TRICARE costs limits also moved from a fiscal yearClick to closeOctober 1 - September 30 cycle to a calendar year cycle.
What does this mean for you? Your annual catastrophic cap and deductibles reset every Jan. 1. Visit the Cost Terms page to help you better understand the definitions of these TRICARE terms. You can review costs for your plan with the TRICARE Compare Cost Tool and also the TRICARE Costs and Fees Sheet.
Also, note that some costs for TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select, including enrollment fees for some beneficiaries and out-of-pocket costs change on Jan. 1. Premiums for TRICARE Reserve Select, TRICARE Retired Reserve, TRICARE Young Adult, and the Continued Health Care Benefit Program change on Oct. 1 each year.
The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) was one of the few programs that stayed on fiscal year timing in 2018. It’s shifting to calendar year in 2019. The benefit cap for the ECHO increased by $9,000 to cover the remaining quarter of this year (Oct. 1–Dec. 31). The $36,000 total TRICARE coverage limit resets on Jan. 1, 2019. If you have questions about ECHO limits and the change to calendar year, contact your case manager.Learn more about TRICARE changes and familiarize yourself with your health plan costs. And take command of your health in 2019.
Last Updated 1/4/2019