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Save Time, Do It Online with TRICARE Tools

11/14/2013

Military life is full of change and transition. From permanent change of station moves to dis-enrolling and reenrolling children in school, service members and their families have a list of tasks to complete to make sure their families have everything they need when they need it, including access to health care. TRICARE eliminates some of this stress with tools that give beneficiaries the power to learn about the plans they qualify for, and then compare plans to make sure they have the health care coverage they need.

Although the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) determines eligibility, beneficiaries can find out which TRICARE plans their family may be qualified to use with the TRICARE Plan Finder. Log on to www.tricare.mil/planfinder to use the Plan Finder tool. It can be completed by the sponsor or a family member. After answering a series of questions, the tool displays a list of plans beneficiaries may be eligible to use based on the responses provided. To compare plans, visit www.tricare.mil/compareplans to learn the differences between the plans available. The tool features side-by-side comparisons of the TRICARE plans to make sure beneficiaries have the information to make the best decision for their family.

To be eligible for any TRICARE plan, beneficiaries must be registered in DEERS. New members should be registered in DEERS as soon as possible, including newborns. It’s also important update contact information. To do this, sign into milConnect at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect.  Choose "My Profile," click "Update and View My Profile,” make the necessary changes and press submit.

Beneficiaries must add or remove family members to their DEERS record in person at the nearest military ID card issuing facility, however, appointments can be made online at https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil. Military transitions can leave beneficiaries feeling stressed with many things to be done and no time to do them. Save some time by using TRICARE’s online tools.

Last Updated 10/1/2014