TRICARE and New Emergency Centers

TRICARE beneficiaries may have noticed new kinds of "Emergency Centers" popping up in their area. Free-standing emergency rooms (ER) that are not affiliated with a hospital may not be TRICARE-authorized, which can leave a beneficiary stuck with a big bill. Beneficiaries need to "know before you go." Check a free-standing ER's TRICARE status -- before emergency care is needed. Beneficiaries can check if a provider is TRICARE-authorized by calling their regional contractor. Contact information for regional contractors is available on the TRICARE website at All TRICARE network providers are also searchable at Learn more about emergency care under TRICARE on the TRICARE Emergency Care webpage at

For guides to all TRICARE benefits, visit the TRICARE section.