TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act
Minimum Essential Coverage
Minimum essential coverage is basic health care coverage that meets the Affordable Care Act requirement. You don’t need IRS Form 1095-B to file a tax return.
For Tax Year 2020
Even though IRS Form 1095-B isn’t required to file taxes, you may still request an IRS Form 1095-B listing the coverage you had during 2020 from your pay center. Visit the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to request an IRS Form 1095-B.
You can also visit the Internal Revenue Service for more information.
Keep DEERS Updated
You must keep your information updated in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System(DEERS) A database of information on uniformed services members (sponsors), U.S.-sponsored foreign military, DoD and uniformed services civilians, other personnel as directed by the DoD, and their family members. You need to register in DEERS to get TRICARE. (DEERS). Add the Social Security numbers (SSN) for all family members. This is how DFAS will report your coverage to the IRS.
To add a family member's SSN in DEERS, you need to:
- Visit an ID card office
- Bring all necessary documentation
At the time of publication, this information is current. It is important to remember that TRICARE policies and benefits are governed by public law and federal regulations. Changes to TRICARE programs are continually made as public law and/or federal regulations are amended. Military hospital and clinic guidelines and policies may be different than those outlined in this publication. For the most recent information, contact your TRICARE regional contractor or local military hospital or clinic.
Last Updated 2/16/2021