TRICARE Open Season begins Nov. 12

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TRICARE Open Season begins Nov. 12

by: U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan Public Affairs Office | .
published: September 12, 2018

Do you want to make enrollment changes to your or your family member’s TRICARE plan for 2019? U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Okinawa would like to remind you that your chance is just around the corner during TRICARE Open Season.

Open season is an annual period when you can enroll in or change your health care coverage plan for the next year. TRICARE beneficiaries will experience Open Season for the first time Nov. 12–Dec 10, 2018. TRICARE Open Season will happen each year from the Monday of the second full week in November to the Monday of the second full week in December. Enrollment choices made during this period take effect on Jan. 1.

During TRICARE Open Season, you may enroll in or change your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select plan. Any changes you make take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. If you remain eligible and make no changes during TRICARE Open Season, you’ll stay in the same plan for 2019. You may also change your type of enrollment, for example switching from individual to family enrollment.

Outside of the TRICARE Open Season period, you may still enroll in or change enrollment within 90 days after you or a family member experience a Qualifying Life Event (QLE). These include moving, getting married, and having a baby. To find out more about TRICARE QLEs visit

During TRICARE Open Season or following a QLE, you can visit the TRICARE office at USNH Okinawa to make an enrollment choice.

TRICARE Open Season doesn’t apply to the premium-based plans listed below. These plans offer continuous open enrollment throughout the year:
• TRICARE Retired Reserve
• TRICARE Reserve Select
• TRICARE Young Adult
• Continued Health Care Benefit Program

For more information regarding TRICARE Open Season visit or call the USNH Okinawa TRICARE office at 646-WELL (098-976-WELL if using a cellular phone).

This is your benefit. Take command of your health and prepare for TRICARE Open Season!