TRICARE Prime Overseas

  • Similar to TRICARE Prime when near an overseas military treatment facility
  • Requires enrollment
  • Limited to active duty service members and their Command-sponsored dependents who are living together in a nonremote overseas location (near a military treatment facility)
  • Primary care managers are assigned and make referrals for specialty care

TRICARE for Life

  • Medicare “wraparound”
  • Authorized in 2001 for Medicare beneficiaries who also were eligible for TRICARE benefits (generally retirees and their dependents)
  • Requires Medicare Parts A and B
  • Generally no out-of-pocket expenses

TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas

  • Provides TRICARE-like benefits for active duty service members and their dependents living in remote overseas locations (distant from a military treatment facility)
  • Requires enrollment to participate
  • Divided into Eurasia-Africa, Latin America, and Pacific regions
  • Requires primary care managers who also makes referrals
  • Coordinated by International SOS, a civilian corporation that coordinates overseas health care for DoD


  • New program that allows TRICARE Extra and TRICARE for Life beneficiaries to enroll at a military treatment facility and receive their primary care there
  • No enrollment fees
  • Not all military treatment facilities participate

U.S. Family Health Plan for Non–Active Duty Beneficiaries

  • TRICARE Prime managed care option that evolved from the old Marine Hospital System/Public Health Service Hospitals in the early 1980s
  • Managed by six health care organizations
  • Available to beneficiaries in selected areas of the northeast United States, Washington State, southeast Texas, and southwest Louisiana

TRICARE Young Adult

  • Program for eligible dependents aged 21 (or 23 if enrolled in college full time) to 26 originating in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

TRICARE Reserve Select

  • Premium-based health plan available to Selected Reserve members of the Ready Reserve (and their dependents) who are not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program
  • Requires cost sharing
  • No referrals, some preauthorization

Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services

  • Predecessor of TRICARE; began in 1966
  • DoD secretary was authorized to contract with civilian providers to provide health care, primarily to non–active duty beneficiaries

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