Benefits

ECHO benefits include:

  • Training
  • Rehabilitation
  • Special education
  • Assistive technology devices
  • Institutional care in private nonprofit, public and State institutions/facilities (including transportation to and from such institutions/facilities, if appropriate)
  • Home health care
  • Respite care for the primary caregiver of the ECHO-registered beneficiary

All ECHO benefits must be

  • Authorized in advance
  • Received from a TRICARE-authorozied provider

If you want to change providers, you must get a new benefit authorization from your regional contractor.

Home Health Care

ECHO Home Health Care (EHHC) provides skilled services to ECHO beneficiaries who are:

  • Homebound
  • Need more than 28-35 hours per week of home health services or respite care

The EHHC benefit is only available in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. >>Learn more

Repite Care for Primary Caregivers

Primary caregivers can qualify for in-home respite care:

  • Up to 16 hours of in-home respite care per month, or
  • 40 hours per week (8 hours per day, 5 days a week) if the child qualifies for EHHC

Only one respite benefit can be used in the same calendar month—they can't be used together.

Respite care is only available in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Public Funds and Facilities

Many communities offer public funds or programs for persons with disabilities. You must use these resources first to the extent they are available and adequate for ECHO benefits related to:

  • Training
  • Rehabilitation
  • Special education
  • Assistive technology devices
  • Institutional care in private nonprofit, public and state institutions/facilities and, if appropriate, transportation to and from such institutions and facilities

If adequate public assistance isn't available, you must include a Public Facility Use Certificate from the proper public official explaining why public assistance is unavailable or insufficient with your request for ECHO benefits. 

Did you know?

Services needed to establish qualifying conditions, confirm the severity of the of a qualifying condition or measure the extent of functional loss may be cost shared under ECHO or your basic TRICARE program.

Last Updated 1/30/2015

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