Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth or 120 days in overseas areas. An adopted or birthed newborn born to a TRICARE Prime-enrolled parent is automatically covered under TRICARE Prime for the first 60 days. Thereafter, if an enrollment form is not submitted by day 61 of birth, the newborn's coverage is converted to TRICARE Standard. Adding a family member in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) does not mean they are also enrolled in TRICARE. For DEERS registration sponsors will need a certificate of live birth from the hospital or birth certificate, and the child's social security card. Coverage is different for families covered under TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) and TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR). For more information, call 1-800-444-5445 or visit the TRICARE website.
For more on TRICARE, visit the Military.com TRICARE section.