You may qualify for early eligibility for TRICARE if you're issued delayed-effective-date active duty orders:
Eligibility begins on the date your orders are issued or 180 days before you report to active duty, whichever is later.
Do you live near a military hospital or clinic? This is within 50 miles or an hour's drive time.
Do you live in a remote location? This is more than 50 miles or an hour's drive time to a military hospital or clinic.
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You'll enroll in a TRICARE Prime option at your final duty station:
If your sponsor becomes eligible for active duty benefits, you too become eligible for TRICARE as an active duty family member. If you already have other health insuranceHealth insurance you have in addition to TRICARE, such as Medicare or an employer-sponsored health insurance. TRICARE supplements don’t qualify as "other health insurance.", you may continue to use this as your primary insurance or elect to use TRICARE. Learn more about how to coordinate other health insurance with TRICARE.
During the pre-activation period, you may:
Whatever you decide to do, keep copies of your health care receipts and explanations of benefits for care received during the pre-activation period
If you're enrolled in the Federal Employee's Health Benefit Program and called to military duty, you may be able to continue coverage or elect to drop the coverage. >>Learn More about Coverage for Civilian Employees Called to Military Duty
Last Updated 11/22/2017
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