Changes

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Change

Overview

Ablative Fractional Laser (AFL) Treatment Now Covered Under the Provisional Coverage Program

TRICARE covers AFL Treatment including Carbon Dioxide Laser and Erbium: Yttrium-Aluminum Garnet Laser for symptomatic scars resulting from burns and other trauma.

Coverage is effective as of Feb. 24, 2021 and runs through Feb. 23, 2026.

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TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) Updates
The new TRICARE Overseas contract went live Sept. 1, 2021. It includes many new beneficiary-centric services.

The Near Patient Program (NPP) will give you access to in-country medical and non-medical professionals. They will be able to help you navigate the overseas health care system.

For more information, go to the Changes Overseas page.

You can also call the TOP Regional Call Center and follow the service prompts.

FDA Recall of Certain Sleep and Respiratory Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has directed Philips Respironics to recall certain sleep and respiratory devices. This includes certain Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices, Bi-Level Airway Pressure (BiPAP) devices, and some ventilators.

The Military Health System (MHS) has notified all TRICARE-authorized durable medical equipment (DME) providers of the recall. If you think your device may be included in this recall:

  • Check the Philips Respironics patient portal or call 1-877-907-7508 to see if your device is on the recall list.
  • Make sure you have registered your device in the patient portal.
  • Talk with your provider about whether you should stop using your device.

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Temporary Expansion of Telehealth Services TRICARE recently revised its policy on telehealth services. These changes are temporary during the national health emergency due to the pandemic. TRICARE will now:
  • Cover audio-only telehealth visits
  • Waive cost-shares and copayments for all covered telehealth services. These services must be from a military provider or TRICARE network provider.
  • Allow more providers to offer telehealth services

Learn more.

TRICARE Reserve Select Reinstatement Request Extension  Have you lost your TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) coverage for failure to pay? You'll now have five months from your last paid-through date to request reinstatement. If your TRS coverage is reinstated, you’re still responsible for paying all past due premiums. You’ll also have to pay your current premiums, including fees. This is a temporary change during the national health emergency.
TRICARE Select Enrollment Fees for Group AIf you or your sponsor’s initial enlistment or appointment occurred before January 1, 2018, you are in Group A. Retired Beneficiaries

If you didn't set up your monthly enrollment fee payment by Dec. 31, 2020, contact your regional contractor.

Your TRICARE Select coverage will be reinstated back to Jan. 1, 2021 after you pay your back enrollment fees. If you don't act, you can only get care at a military hospital or clinic if space is available.

Learn more about TRICARE Select Enrollment fees

Low Back Pain and Physical Therapy Demonstration TRICARE is waiving copayments for up to three covered physical therapy sessions for eligible beneficiaries with a new low back pain diagnosis. This demonstration lasts from Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2023 in ten states. You must reside in and receive care in one of the ten states.

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Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) Extension for Certain National Guard and Reserve Members National Guard and Reserve members who separate from a period of more than 30 consecutive days of active duty served in support of the government coronavirus (COVID-19) response are eligible for coverage under TAMP. 
Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) Changes

If you have a child who's been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you'll soon have more access to health and support services.

These changes start to take effect on May 1, 2021, with a roll out plan for all changes to be in effect by Jan. 1, 2022.

What's changing?

  • If your child joins the ACD on or after Oct. 1, 2021, we will assign him or her an Autism Services Navigator (ASN). You'll work with the ASN to develop your child's comprehensive care plan. the ASN will also navigate your child's care.
  • You won't have to follow up with a specialist to confirm an ASD diagnosis for continued access to the ACD.
  • You'll get more parental and family support services. This includes:
    • Access to more local support group information and resources for your child.
    • Help with connecting your family members with mental health resources.
    • Ongoing parental guidance/ trainings via telehealth beyond the national health emergency due to the pandemic.

Learn more about the ACD.

Have you lost your TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) coverage for failure to pay? You have five months from your last paid through date to request reinstatement. If your TRS coverage is reinstated, you’re still responsible for paying all past due premiums. You’ll also have to pay your current premiums, including fees. This is a temporary change during the national health emergency.

Last Updated 9/16/2021