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Life Events

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They can trigger a change in your TRICARE benefit.


When the sponsor deploys, family members should know about their TRICARE plan and how to get care. 

Before deploying, sponsors should:

  • Leave a copy of their orders
  • Prepare a Power of Attorney
  • Fill out paperwork so family members can get copies of medical records and personal health information
  • Make necessary financial arrangements (allotments, automatic bill paying, etc.)


Always keep your family's information up-to-date in DEERS.

  • Show your spouse how to make changes in DEERS while you're away
  • Get identification (ID) cards updated if they're about to expire


Make sure your family knows how to get health care while you're away.

  • Make a list of important phone numbers. Go to the "Contact Us" section for up-to-date phone numbers 
    • Primary care manager or provider to call for appointments
    • Regional contractor
  • Review your family's TRICARE plan information
  • Talk about how and where to get prescriptions

Last Updated 12/19/2017