TRICARE Prime is a managed care option available in Prime Service Areas worldwide. If you're on active duty you must enroll in TRICARE Prime, your family members can choose to enroll or they can use TRICARE Standard and Extra. TRICARE Prime offers fewer out-of-pocket costs than TRICARE Standard and Extra, but less freedom of choice for providers.
If you do not live in a PRIME Service Area, additional Prime options for active duty service members and their families include:
TRICARE Prime meets the requirements for minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The following groups of people are eligible for the TRICARE Prime benefit:
*When retired service members and their families become eligible for TRICARE For Life, they are no longer able to enroll in TRICARE Prime.
You have an assigned primary care manager (PCM) who provides most of your care. Your PCM will see you first for your health care needs. The PCM:
Care is usually provided in a military treatment facility, but civilian clinics may be used in some cases.
TIP: TRICARE Prime members should always seek the advice of their PCM (or local MTF) before seeking medical attention from any specialists or other medical facilities.
For information on how to enroll see the TRICARE Prime website
Visit our TRICARE Prime coverage page for more information including coverage and costs.