October 7, 2016
DoD officials released next year's monthly premiums for TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) and TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR).
TRS and TRR were established in 2006 and 2009, respectively, after years of advocacy by MOAA and The Military Coalition.
The cost share for TRS beneficiaries is 28 percent of the total cost to the government. Premiums for “gray area” reservists using TRR are significantly more expensive because they require beneficiaries to pay the full cost of premiums. Prior to 2009, “gray area” reservists did not have any military health coverage options.
MOAA's goal is to have a unified health program for Reserve component members, including retired members. To date, funding has been the obstacle.
MOAA also advocates for legislation that would permit civilian employers to pay TRS premiums for their Guard and Reserve employees, and to provide Selected Reservists an option to have the government subsidize continuation of their civilian employer's health coverage for their families during call-ups - just as the government already provides up to 24 months of Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) premium coverage for families of activated Guard/Reserve members who are federal employees.
The new TRS and TRR rates will be effective January 1, 2017.
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