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Life Events

Learn more about Qualifying Life Events.
They can trigger a change in your TRICARE benefit.


When you leave active duty after serving more than 30 days, you deactivate. Your coverage depends on whether your time was for a preplanned mission or in support of a contingency operation. >>View Coverage Scenarios

  • After you lose active duty benefits, you'll still need to have minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  
  • You can see how TRICARE meets these requirements below. 
  • Or, you can search the Health Insurance Marketplace to make the best decision for you and your family.

Separation Health Assessment

You're eligible for a Separation Health Assessment if you: 

  • Were on continuous active duty orders for 180 days or more (for purposes other than training).
  • Were on continuous active duty orders for more than 30 days in support of a contingency operation.

Schedule your Separation History and Physical Examination (SHPE) between 90 and 180 days before you leave active duty. The SHPE is a single separation examination used by the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to capture your complete medical history. >>Learn More about the SHPE

If ActivatedClick to closeCalled or ordered to active duty service for more than 30 days in a row. for a Preplanned Mission or in Support of a Contingency Operation

You immediately get the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) for 180-days.

  • TAMP begins on the first day after your active duty service ends.
  • Your family members can also get TAMP.  

To keep minimum essential coverageClick to closeBasic health care coverage that meets the Affordable Care Act requirement. when TAMP ends:

If Activated but Not for a Preplanned Mission or in Support of a Contingency Operation

You can’t get TAMP and your active duty benefits end immediately. You may qualify to purchase TRICARE Reserve Select.

Line of Duty Care

You may get care for any illness, injury, or disease you got or that got worse in the line of duty. >>Learn More

Prescription Drug Coverage

You can get TRICARE’s prescription drug coverage if you have:

  • TAMP
  • TRICARE Reserve Select
  • Continued Health Care Benefit Program

Dental Coverage

If you qualify for TAMP, you can get active duty dental benefits.

When TAMP or active duty benefits end:

  • If you had the TRICARE Dental Program before, your coverage automatically resumes
  • You'll start paying your monthly premiums again until you meet your 12-month minimum enrollment period
  • If your family has the TRICARE Dental Program, their coverage continues uninterrupted.  But their premium payments will change back to their original rates

Children Enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult

Your adult child won’t be able to get TRICARE Young Adult if you don’t have TAMP or TRICARE Reserve Select when you deactivate.

If this happens, your child can purchase the Continued Health Care Benefit Program.

Last Updated 10/3/2018

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