Health Matters (Overseas) Newsletter: 2023—Issue 4

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This quarterly newsletter provides information about your TRICARE benefit. This edition contains information specific to beneficiaries living overseas.

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Issue 4 | 2023

  • TRICARE Open Season Is Here: Explore Your Health Plan Options
    TRICARE Open Season ends Tuesday, Dec. 12. For many TRICARE beneficiaries, this is your chance to enroll in a health plan or change health plans for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2024. You may also be eligible to enroll in or change your dental and vision coverage during Federal Benefits Open Season, which ends Monday, Dec. 11.
  • Does TRICARE Open Season Apply to Me?
    TRICARE Open Season applies to everyone eligible for TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select, except active duty service members. It doesn’t apply to you if you're eligible for TRICARE For Life or a TRICARE premium-based plan. You may also be eligible for Federal Benefits Open Season.
  • Holiday Resilience: How TRICARE Supports Your Mental Health
    For many people, the holiday season brings expectations of joy. But for some, the holidays may be a time of stress, sadness, or isolation. There are steps you can take and resources you can use to take care of your mental health during the holidays. Remember, you’re not alone, and help is close at hand.
  • Know Your 2024 TRICARE Health Plan Costs
    Depending on your health plan, you may see changes to your TRICARE enrollment fees, premiums, cost-shares, and copayments starting Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Find Out What Your TRICARE Pharmacy Costs Will Be in 2024
    Starting Jan. 1, 2024, most TRICARE beneficiaries will see changes to their copayments for prescription drugs.
  • Protect Your Family With Flu, COVID-19, and RSV Vaccines
    TRICARE covers flu, COVID-19, and RSV vaccines, which provide protection from serious illness. As the winter season approaches, people ages 6 months and older should get the seasonal flu vaccine and updated COVID-19 vaccine. Certain groups can get the RSV vaccine.
  • Getting TRICARE Prescriptions Overseas
    No matter where you live or travel, it’s important to have the prescription drugs you need. To help make this possible, your TRICARE pharmacy benefit is available worldwide. But overseas, your pharmacy options may vary.

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What is TRICARE Prime Overseas?

TRICARE Prime Overseas is a managed care option available in overseas areas near military hospitals and clinics. You must be TRICARE-eligible to enroll. If you’re a retiree or a family member of a retiree, you can’t enroll in TRICARE Prime Overseas. To see if you’re in a TRICARE Prime Overseas area, use the Plan Finder Tool or call your overseas contractor. To learn more about TRICARE Prime Overseas, visit the TRICARE Prime Overseas page.

I heard the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) is available to TRICARE beneficiaries. What does that mean for me?

You may be eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan, vision plan, or both. Visit the BENEFEDS Eligibility page to check.


If you want coverage, you must enroll in a plan during the 2023 Federal Benefits Open Season, Nov. 13 through Dec. 11, or after a FEDVIP Qualifying Life Event. To learn more, visit


Are you turning 65 next year?

TRICARE For Life (TFL) is the TRICARE health plan for military retirees and their family members who are eligible for Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, and TRICARE. TFL coverage is automatic if you have Medicare Part A and Part B.

Check out the TRICARE For Life Handbook to learn when to sign up for Medicare and how TFL works outside of the United States and in U.S. territories.

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Last Updated 6/4/2024