When you retire from active duty
, your TRICARE plan options will change. Retiring from active duty is a Qualifying Life Event
(QLE). A QLE allows you to enroll in a new TRICARE plan or change your coverage options within 90 days of the life event. As a retiree, you’ll need to take action to enroll in a TRICARE plan if you want to continue to receive coverage for civilian care.
What actions do you need to take to continue TRICARE coverage?
If eligible, you can reenroll yourself and eligible family members in TRICARE Prime
or TRICARE Select
. Depending on the plan you choose, you’ll pay the single or family enrollment fee. There is no TRICARE Select enrollment fee for Group A retirees
When do you need to reenroll in TRICARE coverage?
If you want to keep TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select with no break in coverage, you must enroll within 90 days after your retirement date. If you don’t enroll in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select within 90 days of retirement, you’ll only be eligible for care in a military hospital or clinic on a space-available basis. The effective date of coverage will be your retirement date.
If you enroll in a TRICARE plan more than 90 days after your retirement, your request will be considered a new enrollment. If you have a break in TRICARE coverage, you and your eligible family members can only receive care at a military hospital or clinic on a space-available basis until you have TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select coverage again.
Active duty service members pay nothing out of pocket and their family’s costs are minimal. However, depending on their TRICARE plan, retirees may see an increase in their enrollment fees, copayments, cost-shares, and other fees.
How do you reenroll in TRICARE coverage?
•Mail your enrollment form. Go to “Forms and Claims
” on the TRICARE website to download forms.
Understanding your TRICARE options will help you and your family make the best health care decisions. Learn more about your TRICARE plan options after retiring from active duty