TRICARE — General Information

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TRICARE Access Standards

To ensure that beneficiaries who use the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Health System receive medically necessary care when they need it, DoD leadership developed access standards for TRICARE Prime enrollees.

Catastrophic Cap Reduction

The TRICARE catastrophic cap limits the amount of out-of-pocket expenses a family will have to pay for TRICARE-covered medical services. The cap applies to the allowable charges for covered services-annual deductibles, Prime enrollment fees, pharmacy co-pays, and other cost shares based on TRICARE-allowable charges.

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Whether you or your provider files a claim for payment of your medical bills under TRICARE, you need to know some basic rules to avoid claims processing problems.

10 Steps to Filing a Claim

Avoid problems with TRICARE claims by following these 10 simple steps.

Composite Health Care System

The Composite Health Care System (CHCS) is a medical data base for patients using the Military Health Care system.

DEERS Information

The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is a worldwide data base of active duty service members, their family members, and retirees and their family members.

TRICARE Prime Remote

TRICARE Prime Remote (TPR) provides healthcare coverage through civilian providers for those U.S. Uniformed Service Members and their families who are on remote assignment.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about TRICARE and DEERS.

Glossary of TRICARE Terms

Important terms you may encounter are defined.

TRICARE Mental Health Benefits

Questions about TRICARE's mental health coverage answered.

TRICARE On The Go Information

TRICARE: Process for Care Authorizations and Tips for Traveling, Moving, and Taking TRICARE to College.

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The TRICARE Handbook is now interactive and available on the TRICARE Web site. With this new functionality, users can search for information on the TRICARE benefit either by subject search, or general search. In addition, you can go right to sections in the Handbook using the interactive Table of Contents (TOC), as well as print out the online version in its entirety. The online version will be updated in real time, as changes occur.

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