As an enlisted Servicemember in the United States Military you will qualify for medical and dental support benefits through a program called TriCare. It is the medical services that arose from the old CHAMPUS military medical program, and it serves the medical needs for the military forces of the United States. It provides complete and comprehensive support for the health and physical medical welfare of active duty and in some cases reservist medical support needs.
TriCare and its umbrella associated medical facilities in both the military and civilian realms provide care for Servicemembers and their Families both at home and abroad. The services offered by TriCare are broad in coverage and a wide range of conditions; situations and areas are offered coverage. It is a program of medical, dental and support services that are designed to care for all the members of the five Armed Services of the United States. It is established as a regionally managed health care organization. Active duty Servicemembers and activated National Guard and Reservists are automatically enrolled in TriCare Prime. It is a service that brings together the health care services of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and other services into one unified organization to serve the health care needs of the military. There are a total of three different levels of service offered by TriCare: TriCare Prime, TriCare Standard, and TriCare Extra. Standard TriCare- TriCare is a managed Health Care program for Activated Reserve and National Guard, Active Duty and their families and dependents. This is the option some beneficiaries use in areas where TriCare Prime is not available. It is also a popular choice among retired veteran Servicemembers. It gives the most flexibility to a TriCare eligible people but it is not available for active duty Servicemembers only to dependents and Veterans. This is what used to be the old CHAMPUS, fee-for-service option. It provides not only medical, but dental and other physical and medical services, including support for behavioral health and mental health issues. Extra TriCare- You have a deductible, but no annual fee. It has some of the advantages and disadvantages of each standard of TriCare. TriCare Extra is sort of a blend between TriCare Prime and TriCare Standard.
Prime TriCare – The primary care facility for a Servicemember on TriCare Prime is military health facilities. Military personnel at military facilities perform most of the care and services in TriCare prime. There is no enrollment fee for TriCare Prime. This is the option that active duty Servicemembers are automatically enrolled in, and it features medical primary care facilities at military medical hospitals and clinics worldwide.