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Getting TRICARE for Your Child

First, register your newborn or adopted child in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Registering your child in DEERS is separate from enrolling your child in any health plan option and is the first step to ensuring your child is eligible for benefits.

You don't need a Social Security number to register your child in DEERS. Once you have one, update DEERS with that information. >>Learn More

Health Plan Options

Your newborn or adopted child will have the same health plan options that you have. See the general guidelines, below:

TRICARE Standard and Extra

  • TRICARE Standard and Extra coverage is automatic as soon as your child is registered in DEERS.
  • If you live in a Prime Service Area, you may also enroll your child in TRICARE Prime.

TRICARE Prime & TRICARE Prime Remote

  • If any family member is already enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Prime Remote, your child is considered enrolled for the first 60 days.
  • If the child is not registered in DEERS within those first 60 days, the coverage will revert to TRICARE Standard and Extra.

TRICARE Prime Overseas & TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas

  • If any family member is already enrolled in TRICARE Prime Overseas or TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas, your child is considered enrolled for the first 120 days.
  • If the child is not registered in DEERS within those first 120 days, the coverage will revert to TRICARE Standard Overseas.

TRICARE Reserve Select & TRICARE Retired Reserve

  • If using TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve, your child is not automatically covered.
  • Claims won't be paid until you have added your child to your plan.

If you haven't registered your child in DEERS within one year (365 days) of his or her birth or adoption, DEERS will show "loss of eligibility" on day 366, and your child will no longer be able to receive benefits until he or she is registered in DEERS.

Last Updated 4/7/2014

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