If you are a TRICARE beneficiary with special needs or a serious illness, your care is best coordinated through your regional contractor. TRICARE rules require that if the care you need is available at a military hospital or clinic near you, and there is space available, you will be referred there first. However, if the care you need is not available, you will be referred to a network provider near you. It is important to call and remain in contact with your regional contractor. Your regional contractor will have the most current list of providers. If you contact a specialty care provider directly, you could be on a wait list instead of getting the care you or a family member needs. You can reach your contractor by phone. Find your contractor's contact information on the TRICARE website.
For more on TRICARE, visit the Military.com TRICARE section.