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October 9th, 2018

TRICARE Open Season is the annual period when you can enroll in or change your health care coverage for the following year. TRICARE beneficiaries will experience open season for the first time, from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10, 2018. During TRICARE Open Season, you have three options:

  • If you want to stay with your current health care plan, you don’t have to take any action.
  • If you’re not enrolled in a TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select plan, but eligible to do so, you may enroll.
  • If you’re already enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select, you can switch plans. For example, if you’re eligible, you may switch from TRICARE Prime to TRICARE Select, or switch from individual to family coverage.

Any enrollment choices made during TRICARE Open Season will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

If you have a premium-based plan and don’t plan to enroll in a TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select plan, TRICARE Open Season doesn’t apply to you. All premium-based plans offer continuous open enrollment throughout the year. These health plans include:

  • TRICARE Retired Reserve
  • TRICARE Reserve Select
  • TRICARE Young Adult
  • Continued Health Care Benefit Program

Similarly, TRICARE Open Season doesn’t apply to TRICARE For Life.

If you’re thinking about changing plans, visit the Compare Plans page to make choosing a plan simpler and easier. You can compare the features of TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select side-by-side.

 For the latest on changes to TRICARE, visit TRICARE News and TRICARE Changes.


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