Online Enrollment for TRICARE Overseas Plans Now Available
Are you a TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) beneficiary? If so, you’ll be pleased to know you have a new way you can enroll in your health plan. Online enrollment through Beneficiary Web Enrollment (BWE) is now available for overseas plans on milConnect.
“This is good news for overseas beneficiaries,” said Michael Griffin, program analyst with the TRICARE Overseas Program Office at the Defense Health Agency. “The availability of BWE gives you another convenient option to complete enrollment in a health plan as well as a variety of other enrollment actions from home.”
To get started, all you need to do is follow the steps below:
- Log in to milConnect.
- Click on the “Benefits” tab.
- Choose “Beneficiary Web Enrollment (BWE)” from the menu.
- Pick the plan that you’re eligible for.
BWE not only makes it easy to enroll in a TRICARE plan, it also serves as a convenient way to handle other enrollment-related tasks on your own at any time. Through BWE, you can also:
- Update your information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)
- Choose or change a primary care manager, where applicable (Note: This option is limited overseas.)
- View your current enrollment status
- Request enrollment cards
- Transfer coverage
- Disenroll from TOP Prime, TOP Prime Remote, or TOP Select
Keep in mind, some of these features may be limited in some locations. And you can still enroll in overseas plans by phone, mail, or in person at an overseas TRICARE Service Center. You can check out the TRICARE Overseas Program Handbook to learn more about plan eligibility, coverage, and how to enroll.
Need to make enrollment changes outside of open season? If so, remember to follow the TRICARE rules for enrollment. As described in the TRICARE Overseas Program Handbook, you can only enroll in or change enrollment to TOP Prime, TOP Prime Remote, or TOP Select after a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) or during TRICARE Open Season. If you experience a QLE, you must update your information in DEERS before you can enroll in a plan.
BWE will support new TRICARE Select enrollments, but it doesn’t support fee payment arrangements if you’re a Group AIf you or your sponsor’s initial enlistment or appointment occurred before January 1, 2018, you are in Group A. retiree and failed to set up your TRICARE Select enrollment fees last year. If you need to set up payment, you should call the TRICARE overseas contractor.
If you have any questions about overseas enrollment or plan eligibility, remember you can get help from your TOP Regional Call Center. Enrolling in a TOP plan has never been easier. Take command of your health, and make use of BWE and other features available to you through milConnect.
Last Updated 1/7/2021