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Surviving Children Who May Qualify for TRICARE Young Adult

Eligibility for TRICARE Young Adult is based on your sponsor's eligibility for TRICARE. If your sponsor dies before you're enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult, you may qualify to purchase the plan when you turn 21 (or 23 if enrolled in college full time), if the following scenarios apply:

  • You are not married
  • You are not covered by your own employer-sponsored health insurance
  • When your sponsor died, he or she was eligible for and covered by TRICARE health benefits:
    • Active duty or retired TRICARE benefits
    • TRICARE Reserve Select*
    • TRICARE Retired Reserve*
    • Transitional Assistance Management Program

If your Selected Reserve or Retired Reserve sponsor was eligible for TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve but had not purchased the plan, then you do not qualify to purchase TRICARE Young Adult.

Last Updated 12/17/2015

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