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Life Events

Learn more about Qualifying Life Events.
They can trigger a change in your TRICARE benefit.

Health Care Plans

Your child's health care plan depends on their sponsor's military status and where their school is.

Health Care Plans in the U.S.

Your sponsor is on active duty:

  • TRICARE Prime if school is in a Prime Service Area
  • US Family Health Plan if school is in a location where it’s available
  • TRICARE Select
  • Children can only use TRICARE Prime Remote if they still live at their parent’s home in a remote location

Your sponsor is retired:

  • TRICARE Prime if school is in a Prime Service Area
  • US Family Health Plan if school is in a location where it’s available
  • TRICARE Select

Your sponsor is in the National Guard/Reserves:

  • If the sponsor is activatedCalled or ordered to active duty service for more than 30 days in a row.: Same as active duty sponsors (see above)
  • If not activated: Only covered if you've purchased TRICARE Reserve Select family coverage
  • If retired and under age 60: Only covered if you've purchased TRICARE Retired Reserve family coverage
  • If retired and age 60 or older: Same coverage as retired sponsors (see above)

Health Care Plans Overseas

Your sponsor is on active duty:

  • TRICARE Prime Overseas/TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas (if you’re command-sponsored and live with your sponsor)
  • TRICARE Select Overseas

Your sponsor is retired:

  • TRICARE Select Overseas

Your sponsor is in the National Guard/Reserves:

  • If the sponsor is activated: Same as active duty sponsors (see above)
  • If not activated: Only covered if you've purchased TRICARE Reserve Select family coverage
  • If retired and under age 60: Only covered if you've purchased TRICARE Retired Reserve family coverage
  • If retired and age 60 or older: Same coverage as retired sponsors (see above)
Update DEERS!

Update your child’s address in DEERS with his or her college address.  If you don’t, your child may have problems with eligibility, coverage or claims processing.

Last Updated 11/28/2017