[HEALTH.MIL] TRICARE Options for Guard & Reserve Members

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  • Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:41:14 -0500

TRICARE Options for Guard & Reserve Members 


As a Guardsman or Reservist, you make a commitment to your country and helping
those in need. TRICARE knows that you also need to remain physically and
mentally ready, and is here to help you through the various stages of your

The life of a guardsman or reservist has many cycles. There is pre-activation,
active duty, deactivation and inactive status. While you go through each stage
your healthcare options change with TRICARE.  


Pre-activation is the first step in becoming eligible for TRICARE. You are
TRICARE eligible on the date your orders are issued, or 180 days before you
report to active duty; whichever is later. During pre-activation, you qualify
for the same benefits you will have once you are activated. If you need care
before your enrollment begins, try to get care at a military hospital or clinic
first. If you cannot get care at an MTF or clinic and you're referred to a
TRICARE network provider, make sure to get authorization from your regional


When members of the guard and reserve activate they become eligible for the same
health and dental benefits as active duty service members. Guard & reserve
members should enroll in a TRICARE Prime option after arriving at their final
duty station. The same goes for dental benefits. If you were previously enrolled
in the TRICARE Dental Program, you will be dis-enrolled and will begin using
active duty dental benefits.

Inactive Status

When you are inactive, depending on your status, you may qualify for either Line
of Duty (LOD) care, TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) or TRICARE Retiree Reserve. You
can enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program, and if you purchase TRICARE Reserve
Select, you can have prescriptions filled through the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.


When you leave active duty, your health plan options are different depending on
if you were called to active duty in support of a contingency operation. If you
were activated in support of a contingency operation, you are eligible for the
Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP). TAMP provides 180 days of
premium-free transitional health care benefits after regular TRICARE benefits
end. If you do not qualify for TAMP, you may be eligible for the Continued
Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP). CHCBP is a premium-based plan that offers
temporary transitional health coverage for 18-36 months after TRICARE
eligibility ends. If you qualify, you may purchase the CHCBP within 60 days of
losing TRICARE.

TRICARE has a number of resources available to help National Guard and Reserve
members navigate these coverage cycles throughout your career. Visit
<http://www.tricare.mil/reserve> www.TRICARE.mil/reserve  to learn more about
your guard and reserve benefits.

SOURCE:  TRICARE News Release, 08 Jul 14,


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