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Upcoming Changes to TRICARE

The Military Health System (MHS) is modernizing TRICARE to better serve you and respond to changes in law and policy. Most provisions will go into effect on January 1, 2018, with full implementation occurring on January 1, 2019.

You will find changes that may affect you listed in this section. We are still finalizing some policies and will update this page when additional details become available. Check back frequently and Sign up for Email Updates.

Changes That May Affect You


Health Plans

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  • TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra will become the new TRICARE Select plan.
  • TRICARE Prime and other TRICARE plans will undergo additional changes.
  • TRICARE For Life (Medicare wrap-around coverage) won’t change.


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  • You may need to pay an enrollment fee, depending on your plan and when you became eligible for TRICARE.
  • Some costs will change annually starting on Jan. 1, 2018.


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  • You will be automatically enrolled on Jan. 1, 2018 if you already have a plan or are eligible for TRICARE on Dec. 31, 2017.
  • After Jan. 1, 2018, you must enroll in a TRICARE plan to get or change coverage.

Stateside Regions and Contractors

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Accessing Care

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  • Certain urgent care and primary care providers will offer extended hours.
  • Technological improvements will improve access.

What’s Covered

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  • You can expect expanded coverage.

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What Can I Do to Prepare? 

What You Need to Do

Important Dates

Update your information in DEERS:


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Update your payment information if you use electronic payments. (You will be contacted by your regional contractor.)

Oct. 1, 2017

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When Is This Happening? 

What You Need to Know


The new network provider directories available. Check if your current provider is in network.

Nov. 1, 2017

You’ll be notified by your regional contractor if you’re being assigned a new Primary Care Manager.

Jan. 1, 2018

New East and West regional contractor’s call center will be open for enrollment questions. 

Nov. 20, 2017

The processing of new enrollments will be delayed during December as we transfer files to new regional contractors.

December 2017

Explanation of Benefits (EOB) are going paperless. They will be available electronically only unless you specifically request to receive them by mail.

Jan. 1, 2018


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Last Updated 9/13/2017