Starting Jan. 1, 2018, cost changes for TRICARE benefits will transition from a fiscal year October 1 - September 30 period to a calendar year period. Changing from fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) to calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) makes the TRICARE benefit consistent with civilian health plans. The change will largely affect those plans which have an enrollment fee and are currently billed by the fiscal year. This includes retirees and their family members in TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Retired Reserve, TRICARE Reserve Select and those in TRICARE Young Adult plans. If you are in a plan now that requires enrollment fees, there will be a transition period, from Oct. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017, so you will not experience additional costs in 2017. Visit the TRICARE Changes webpage to learn more about the upcoming changes to your benefit.
For more on TRICARE benefits, visit the Military.com TRICARE section.