Is your doctor still in the Tricare network? Here’s how to find out
By: <https://www.militarytimes.com/author/karen-jowers> Karen Jowers
Military families can now check to see whether they’ll be able to keep their
current doctors and other health care providers after the change in Tricare
contractors on Jan. 1.
New 2018 network provider directories for
<http://www.humanamilitary.com/provider-locator> Tricare East and for
Tricare West are up and running. As of Jan. 1, Tricare in the U.S. will shrink
from three regions to two, as Tricare North and Tricare South combine to become
NOTE: TRICARE East Provider Directory (
TRICARE West Provider Directory
All TRICARE Provider Directories
The contractor for Tricare East will be Humana Military, which currently has
the contract for Tricare South. The geographic area of Tricare West won’t
change, but the contractor will: Health Net Federal Services takes over as of
These moves have their pros and cons, family advocates say. One positive: Fewer
regions could mean less of a chance you’ll have to switch regions when you make
a permanent change-of-station move.
On the other hand, past changes in Tricare contractors have meant changes in
health care providers. That’s why families should check the new directory for
their region to make sure their provider is still in the network.
If you choose a health care provider that is not in the Tricare network, you
may incur higher out-of-pocket costs.
If an ongoing treatment required pre-approval, families should find out whether
the new contractor accepts that authorization from the previous contractor.
Links to More Information::
TRICARE East - https://www.humanamilitary.com/
TRICARE West - https://tricare-west.com/content/hnfs/home/tw/bene.html
UPCOMING TRICARE CHANGES - https://tricare.mil/about/changes/
SOURCE: Military Times Article at
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