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Open Season (November 12 – December 10)

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Understanding TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season

TRICARE Open Season  Federal Benefits Open Season 
  • Affects your health care coverage
  • If you are using TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, or TRICARE Select and you do not want to make any changes, you do not have to do anything during TRICARE Open Season
  • If you want to make changes to your health plan, you must do it during TRICARE Open Season or a Qualifying Life Event

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  • Affects Dental and Vision Coverage
  • If you are on the TRICARE Retired Dental Plan, provided by Delta Dental, and you want to keep dental coverage, you MUST enroll during Federal Benefits Open Season.
  • If you are eligible for dental and vision coverage, you can enroll in a FEDVIP plan during Federal Benefits Open Season

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What is TRICARE Open Season?

Open Season is an annual period when you can enroll in or change your health plan for the next year. It will occur each fall, beginning on the Monday of the second full week in November to the Monday of the second full week in December. For 2018, Open Season is Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.

During TRICARE Open Season, you can:

  • Enroll in a new TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select plan
  • Change your enrollment (e.g., switch from individual to family enrollment)

If you are happy with your current TRICARE health care plan, you don't have to take any action. You'll continue to be enrolled in your current plan.

What is Federal Benefits Open Season?

Federal Benefits Open Season overlaps with the TRICARE Open Season. During the Federal Benefits Open Season you can enroll in a FEDVIP dental or vision plan (for certain categories of beneficiaries). You must take action to enroll in a plan during this time if you're eligible based on the below table.

Thinking About Changing Plans?

See options below and visit the TRICARE Compare Plans page or the FEDVIP Compare Plans page for a side-by-side plan comparison.

 

I am a(n)...

I want to change my TRICARE plan

I want to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan

I want to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan

Active Duty Service Member

You can only change plans if you’re retiring.

At retirement, coverage ends. Learn about your options and what to do here.

You do not qualify to purchase a FEDVIP vision plan. You will continue to get care as you do now.
You do not qualify to purchase a FEDVIP dental plan. You will continue to get care as you do now.

Active Duty Family Member*

*Not including adult children enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult 

You can change plans during the TRICARE Open Season.
You must enroll during Federal Benefits Open Season. You do not qualify to purchase a FEDVIP dental plan. You can get your dental care through the TRICARE Dental Program.

Reserve Component Member or Family Member Enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select

No action needed.


This doesn’t apply to you. 

You must enroll during Federal Benefits Open Season.

You do not qualify to purchase a FEDVIP dental plan. You can get your dental care through the TRICARE Dental Program.  

 

Retired Service Member or Family Enrolled in TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Select You can change plans during the TRICARE Open Season. You must enroll during Federal Benefits Open Season.

TRDP ends on Dec. 31, 2018.

You must enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan during Federal Benefits Open Season to maintain coverage.

 

Retired Service Member or Family Member using TRICARE For Life  No action needed.


This doesn’t apply to you.

You must enroll during Federal Benefits Open Season TRDP ends on Dec. 31, 2018. 

You must enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan during Federal Benefits Open Season to maintain coverage.

 

For more information on Federal Benefits Open Season and FEDVIP, visit TRICARE.benefeds.com. You can:

  • Sign up for email updates
  • See if you are eligible for FEDVIP in 2019
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions

Last Updated 11/13/2018

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