[HEALTH.MIL] TRICARE Young Adult Prime Option Available Jan. 1

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TRICARE Young Adult Prime Option Available Jan. 1 
November 30, 2011

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) Prime option is available for
purchase on Dec. 1, 2011, with coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2012. TYA Prime will
offer young adult beneficiaries TRICARE Prime coverage for monthly premiums of
To purchase TYA Prime, dependents must be under age 26, unmarried and not
eligible for their own employer-sponsored health care coverage.
TYA Prime is a managed health care option with low out-of-pocket costs. Care is
delivered through military clinics and hospitals and the TRICARE network of
civilian providers. Uniformed services dependents may qualify to purchase TYA
Prime if they live in a designated Prime Service Area and their sponsor's status
makes them eligible for Prime coverage.

In addition to TYA Prime, young adult dependents may also be eligible for TYA
Standard, which has been available since May 2011. With monthly premiums of
$186, Standard offers eligible dependents the flexibility to see
TRICARE-authorized network and non-network providers of their choice, wherever
they live or travel. The Standard monthly premium is dropping to $176 on Jan. 1,
Complete information and application forms are available at www.tricare.mil/tya.
Sponsors and their adult dependents are encouraged to explore both commercial
and military health care plan options and costs when choosing a plan that best
meets their needs.
Young adults considering TYA should determine if they are eligible before
completing and sending in an application. Eligible dependents may drop off the
application and payment of three months of premiums at a TRICARE Service Center
or send them by mail or fax to their regional health care contractor.
Once the initial payment is made, monthly premiums must be paid in advance
through automated electronic payment.
TYA Prime enrollment will follow the TRICARE Prime "20th of the month rule." As
long as the TYA enrollment application is received by the 20th of the month,
coverage can begin on the first day of the next month. For example, if an
applicant wants TYA Prime to start Jan 1, 2012, the application and initial
three-month payment must be received by Dec. 20, 2011. If it's received after
Dec. 20, TYA Prime coverage begins Feb.1, 2012.
Dependent eligibility for TRICARE previously ended at age 21, or age 23 for
full-time students. Similar to provisions in the 2010 Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act, TYA offers eligible young adults up to age 26 the option to
continue TRICARE Standard or Prime coverage, as long as their sponsor is still
eligible for TRICARE.  Unlike employer sponsored health plans, TYA is available
only to unmarried young adult dependents.
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SOURCE:  TRICARE News Release at

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