Do you have a family member who gets supplemental services through the TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) program? If so, you need to know that beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the ECHO benefit cap will apply to covered costs during a calendar year and not a fiscal year October 1 - September 30. The calendar year runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Due to the shift to calendar year, TRICARE adjusted the benefit cap by $9,000 to cover the remaining quarter of this year. The $36,000 limit for the costs of all ECHO benefits combined will reset on Jan. 1, 2019. For more information, visit the TRICARE ECHO webpage.
For complete guides on TRICARE programs, visit the Military.com TRICARE section.