Update on TRICARE Prime Rollback

Week of April 15, 2013

Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of beneficiaries. The 3 percent difference, which comprises about 171,000 beneficiaries who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, automatically will revert to the TRICARE Standard health care option Oct. 1. Those beneficiaries recently received a letter explaining their options, and they will receive a reminder letter in June or July. The TRICARE Prime Service Areas webpage at www.tricare.mil/PSA and gives beneficiaries the most current details and the option to sign up for email updates. A ZIP code tool is available on the site to help beneficiaries determine if they live in an affected Prime service area. Those who wish to remain with TRICARE Prime may be able to re-enroll in TRICARE Prime by waiving theirr drive time standards. You will have to drive farther to get care and may find it more difficult to see your primary care manager (PCM). Seeing other doctors without a referral from your PCM could result in higher costs. Visit the TRICARE website to learn more.

For more on all TRICARE programs, visit Military.com's TRICARE section.





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