A Reminder That TRICARE Changes Are Coming Soon

December 14, 2017

For most of the past year, MOAA has been working on the critical efforts required to implement key reforms of the TRICARE program (there are no changes to TRICARE For Life). This has included hours of communication and work with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and many other stakeholders to prepare for these changes, which largely will take place on the first of the New Year.

Important changes coming Jan. 1, 2018, include:

  • consolidation of TRICARE's existing three regions into two;
  • consolidation of TRICARE Standard and Extra into TRICARE Select;
  • shifting of TRICARE operations to the calendar year (beginning Jan. 1) rather than the fiscal year (beginning Oct. 1);
  • new enrollment requirements starting with an open enrollment period December 2018; and
  • a new TRICARE cost structure.

Of particular interest to beneficiaries are TRICARE's changes to its fee structure. These changes likely will result in fee increases for many beneficiaries, as we have described in this recent article. MOAA has expressed its concerns to Congress and officials at the DHA. 

MOAA's continued efforts to compel the DHA to be transparent in its calculation of these new fees has started to bear some fruit. For instance, maternity care will continue in the same fee structure it is now  (a single bundled copayment applied for the whole maternity episode of care). Additionally, some of the calculations for the new Select copayments have been reexamined and will result in some fee reductions. This is a bit of good news for beneficiaries.

If you want to keep up with all of the changes, sign up for TRICARE's Take Command program at www.TRICARE.mil/changes.



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