Extended Care Health Option
The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) provides financial assistance to beneficiaries with special needs for an integrated set of services and supplies.
To use ECHO, qualified beneficairies must:
The following beneficiaries who are diagnosed with moderate or severe mental retardation, a serious physical disability, or an extraordinary physical or psychological condition may qualify for ECHO:
Children may remain eligible for ECHO beyond the usual age limits in some circumstances. If you or your provider believes a qualifying condition exists, talk to a case manager or with your regional contractor to determine eligibility for ECHO benefits.
If you need help with ECHO benefits or want to see if you qualify, please contact your contractor:
Can enrollment in the EFMP be waived?
Sometimes. For example, when the sponsor’s branch of service does not provide the EFMP, or when the beneficiary resides with the custodial parent who is not the active duty sponsor. Contact your regional contractor for more information.
Register in DEERS
The qualifying family member’s disability must be entered properly in DEERS to have access to ECHO services.