TRICARE will stop taking premium payments by mail for the TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve programs at the end of the year.
Starting Jan. 1,2013, TRICARE will accept only electronic funds transfers or credit and debit cards for the monthly payments. TRICARE is urging beneficiaries to verify that their banks make EFT payments or set up a recurring card payment.
The Defense Manpower Data Center will notify affected beneficiaries by email. New beneficiaries will be notified in their welcome packages. Failure to pay premiums on time could result in a 12-month lockout.