About to Retire?
Are you getting ready to retire from active duty and want you and your family members to remain enrolled in TRICARE Prime AND continue to be seen by a Primary Care Manager of your choice? You can enroll up to 30 days before your retirement, and your Prime coverage will become effective on the date of your retirement. There will be no break in health care coverage if you just follow the steps listed below. If you are retired and under 65 but not enrolled in TRICARE, please visit our under 65 page.
Get Retiree ID Card
Visit the Rivers In-Processing Center ID card section to obtain your Retiree ID card. Make sure that the Defense Enrollment and Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) has changed your military status from active duty to retired.
(To avoid losing your active duty access to care, keep a copy of your retirement orders with you.)
Enroll in TRICARE Prime
Visit the TRICARE Service Center. You will need your retiree ID card and Social Security Numbers for all of your family members.
So that your Prime coverage coincides with your retirement date, your application should be made before the 20th of the month for enrollment to begin on the first of the following month. If your spouse remains on active duty after you retire, save money by listing him/her as the sponsor.
Prime Enrollment Benefits
- Travel to your PCM should not exceed 30 minutes from home.
- Office waiting times should not be more than 30 minutes.
- Appointments within 24 hours for acute illness.
- Appointments within seven days for routine visits.
- Appointments within 28 days for wellness visits.
- Benefits travel with enrollee during moves/vacations.
- Wellness screenings, exams, classes.
Retirees who do not enroll in Prime are covered by either TRICARE Standard or Extra. Call the TRICARE Service Center, 1-800-444-5445, for information about these options.
For more information about Retiree Health Care, visit the TRICARE Website
For a TRICARE Prime enrollment application or for assistance, visit the TRICARE Service Center, building 36023, across from Darnall's front parking lot, or call 1-800-444-5445.
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page last modified on: 5/21/2013