Before Traveling for Specialty Care
Travel orders are not required, but you must fax a travel request in advance to your TRICARE Regional Office (TRO). Email requests are not accepted. Include the following documentation with your request:
- Copy of your CRSC determination letter identifying the combat-related disabilities
- Your home address
- Referring provider's address
- Referral for specialty care to treat the specified combat-related disability
- Statement (may be included in the referral) from the referring provider indicating that an NMA is medically
necessary and appropriate, if applicable
- Completed electronic funds transfer (EFT) authorization form for yourself and your NMA; form must be accompanied by a voided/canceled check or a copy of your savings account statement
The TRO staff will review your travel request and assist in locating a specialty provider or confirm that the requested specialist is a TRICARE-authorized provider outside the 100-mile radius. If requests are not submitted in advance, the TRO considers travel reimbursement on a case-by-case basis.
Getting a Referral
When using TRICARE Standard and Extra or TRICARE For Life, you are not normally required to get a referral for any type of care. However, you must have a referral to qualify for this benefit. To get a referral, please talk to your doctor and ask him or her to write a referral to the provider you need to see to treat the combat-related disability. He or she should indicate in the referral if a non-medical attendant is needed. If your doctor has questions, please have them contact your TRO for assistance.