TRICARE Select®

TRICARE Select is a fee-for-service plan available in the United States. 

  • You must show eligible for TRICARE in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System(DEERS) A database of information on uniformed services members (sponsors), U.S.-sponsored foreign military, DoD and uniformed services civilians, other personnel as directed by the DoD, and their family members. You need to register in DEERS to get TRICARE..
  • Enrollment is required, learn more on the Select Enrollment Page.

Who Can Participate?

  • Active duty family members
  • Retired service members and their families
  • Family members of activatedCalled or ordered to active duty service for more than 30 days in a row. Guard/Reserve members 
  • Non-activated Guard/Reserve members and their families who qualify for care under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Retired Guard/Reserve members at age 60 and their families
  • Survivors
  • Medal of Honor recipients and their families
  • Qualified former spouses

How it Works

Schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. DS

Referrals not required for most primary and specialty appointments. You may need pre-authorization from your regional contractor for some services.

You won't receive a TRICARE wallet card when using TRICARE Select. All you need is your military ID as proof of coverage. 

What You Pay

Costs vary based on the sponsor's military status. You'll pay:

  • An annual outpatient deductible
  • Cost shares (or percentage) for covered services
  • Enrollment fees. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, Group A retirees will have to pay enrollment fees.

>>View TRICARE Select Costs

Is TRICARE Select Right for You?

  • If you're on active duty (including activated Guard/Reserve members), you can't use TRICARE Select. 
  • TRICARE Select may be the right choice for you if:
    • You live in an area where you can't use TRICARE Prime
    • You 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." such as an employer-sponsored health plan
    • You're seeing a provider who isn't in the TRICARE network and you don't want to switch.
One-time Additional Withdrawal for Some TRICARE Select Group A Retirees

If you’re a TRICARE Select Group AIf you or your sponsor’s initial enlistment or appointment occurred before January 1, 2018, you are in Group A. retiree and:

  • You pay your monthly enrollment fee by allotment.
  • You haven’t paid your enrollment fee for the month of Jan. 2021.

On May 1, 2021, you’ll have one additional withdrawal from your pay account. This will pay your Jan. 2021 enrollment fee payment. This is a one-time additional withdrawal. Your normal enrollment fee payments will resume on June 1, 2021

Are you a TRICARE Select Group A retiree? Were you disenrolled due to failure to pay?

Learn more.

Last Updated 1/28/2021