TRICARE is managed by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) under the policy guidance and direction of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) (ASD[HA]). The DHA manages the TRICARE budget, executes TRICARE policies and oversees the entire TRICARE health program.
As a major component of the Military Health System, the TRICARE health program combines the health care resources at military hospitals and clinics (or direct care) with networks of civilian health care professionals, institutions, pharmacies and suppliers to provide access to high-quality health care services while maintaining the capability to support military operations.
The management of the TRICARE health program is organized into four geographic health service regions:
The Overseas Region is also divided into three areas: Eurasia-Africa, Latin America & Canada and Pacific. Each U.S. region and Overseas Area has its own TRICARE Regional/Area Office and Regional/Area Director. Each region/area:
- Provides oversight of regional operations and health plan administration at the regional level;
- Manages the contracts with regional contractors;
- Supports Commanders at military hospitals and clinics;
- Develops business plans for areas not served by military hospitals and clinics (e.g. remote areas); and
- Funds regional initiatives to optimize and improve delivery of health care.
TRICARE has partnered with regional contractors in each region (North, South, West and Overseas) to provide health care services and support to beneficiaries.