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.
You don't have to apply for TRICARE Extra, as long as you are listed in DEERS you are eligible. You can schedule an appointment with any TRICARE network-authorized provider.
Referrals not required, but you may need prior authorization from your regional contractor for some services.
When you use TRICARE Extra, the provider files claims for you. After you meet your annual deductible the only cost you will have to pay the Doctor is your copayment.
See our TRICARE Extra coverage page for more information, including coverage and costs.