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TRICARE for Life

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TRICARE For Life (TFL) is Medicare wraparound coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, regardless of age or place of residence. With TFL, you have the freedom to seek care from any Medicare-participating or nonparticipating provider, or at a military hospital or clinic on a space-available basis. Enrollment is not required, but you must pay Medicare Part B premiums. TFL is available worldwide, in... more

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

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If you are a servicemember, retiree, or dependent, DEERS registration is the key to getting your TRICARE benefits eligibility established. DEERS is a computerized database of military sponsors, families and others worldwide who are entitled under the law to TRICARE benefits. The following overview will assist you in registering for DEERS and verifying and updating your DEERS information. Registration in DEERS Verifying and Updating... more

TRICARE Benefits Overview


Do you understand your TRICARE benefits? Do you know if you are enrolled in the TRICARE coverage plan that best suits your family's needs? Are you completely confused by all the TRICARE coverage options, co-pays, deductibles, and acronyms? If so you are not alone, our surveys have found that most servicemembers and their families are confused by TRICARE. The fact is, TRICARE is an enormous and very complex health care system. We can help cla... more

TRICARE Vision Benefits

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TRICARE offers limited vision benefits depending on your beneficiary status and what type of TRICARE coverage you have. Medically necessary vision benefits are available under all TRICARE plans. Basic Vision Benefit for Active Duty Family Members: Active duty family members are eligible for one comprehensive ophthalmological eye examination per calendar year. The services are provided by TRICARE-authorized optometrists or ophthalmologists, ... more

TRICARE Extra Overview

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TRICARE Extra is the option that requires you to choose a network provider within the TRICARE network. It is the fee-for-service option that gives beneficiaries the opportunities to see TRICARE network providers, TRICARE Extra is not available to active duty service members. TRICARE Extra is only available  in the USA.  TRICARE Extra meets the minimum essential coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act. Who is Eligible Active du... more

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