Health Care Plans

Your child's health care plan depends on their sponsor's military status and where their school is.

Health Care Plans in the U.S.

Your sponsor is on active duty:

  • TRICARE Prime if school is in a Prime Service Area
  • US Family Health Plan if school is in a location where it’s available
  • TRICARE Select
  • Children can only use TRICARE Prime Remote if they still live at their parent’s home in a remote location

Your sponsor is retired:

  • TRICARE Prime if school is in a Prime Service Area
  • US Family Health Plan if school is in a location where it’s available
  • TRICARE Select

Your sponsor is in the National Guard/Reserves:

  • If the sponsor is activatedClick to closeCalled or ordered to active duty service for more than 30 days in a row.: Same as active duty sponsors (see above)
  • If not activated: Only covered if you've purchased TRICARE Reserve Select family coverage
  • If retired and under age 60: Only covered if you've purchased TRICARE Retired Reserve family coverage
  • If retired and age 60 or older: Same coverage as retired sponsors (see above)

Health Care Plans Overseas

Your sponsor is on active duty:

  • TRICARE Prime Overseas/TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas (if you’re command-sponsored and live with your sponsor)
  • TRICARE Select Overseas

Your sponsor is retired:

  • TRICARE Select Overseas

Your sponsor is in the National Guard/Reserves:

  • If the sponsor is activated: Same as active duty sponsors (see above)
  • If not activated: Only covered if you've purchased TRICARE Reserve Select family coverage
  • If retired and under age 60: Only covered if you've purchased TRICARE Retired Reserve family coverage
  • If retired and age 60 or older: Same coverage as retired sponsors (see above)
What happens at age 23 or if my child graduates before age 23?

He or she may qualify to purchase TRICARE Young Adult up to age 26. >>Learn More

Update DEERS!

Update your child’s address in DEERS with his or her college address.  If you don’t, your child may have problems with eligibility, coverage or claims processing.

Will I have to pay TRICARE Prime enrollment fees if my child enrolls in TRICARE Prime?

Yes.  If you are not enrolled in TRICARE Prime, but you want your child to enroll while they are in college, you’ll need to pay annual enrollment fees. >>Learn More

Transitional Assistance Management Program

If your son or daughter is covered by TRICARE through TAMP coverage, remember that coverage will end after 180 days.

Last Updated 8/8/2014