An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

News | June 30, 2022

New to TRICARE? Handbook Helps You Learn Your Health Plan Options

By TRICARE Communications

If you’re curious about your TRICARE health plan options, the TRICARE Choices in the United States Handbook can help. Whether you’re on active duty, separating from service, retiring, or a family member, this all-in-one handbook provides an overview of your stateside health care options. It also describes your pharmacy, dental, and vision coverage options.
 
“The TRICARE Choices in the United States Handbook is a great starting point to show you what stateside health plans may be available to you and your family members,” said Robert Agnello, deputy chief of Digital Communications at the Defense Health Agency. “The handbook also gives an overview of how to enroll in a plan, how to get care with your plan, and costs.”
 
Here’s a closer look at what the handbook highlights.
 
1. Health Plans for Sponsors and Family Members
Your TRICARE plan options change depending on sponsor status—active duty, separated from service, or retired. To see what health plans you and your family members may be eligible for based on your military status, turn to the “Your TRICARE Options by Sponsor Status” section. Sponsor and family member health plan options may include:  
2. How TRICARE Plans Work and What’s Covered
In the “Health Care Options” section, you’ll find a general overview of TRICARE health plans, including enrollment rules, how you can get care, and associated costs. Also featured throughout this section are health care terms and cost terms common to TRICARE, like:  
3. Dental and Vision Options
As outlined in the handbook, there are three dental options that are separate from TRICARE health plans:  
How do you know which plan you or family members can purchase? Turn to the “Dental and Vision Options” section of the handbook for a breakdown of the dental plans and who qualifies. Want more vision coverage? If you’re enrolled in a TRICARE health plan and are an active duty family member, retiree, or eligible family member of a retiree, you may qualify to purchase vision coverage through FEDVIP. Check the handbook for details to help you get started.
 
The TRICARE Choices in the United States Handbook is one resource for TRICARE information. There’s also the TRICARE Choices for National Guard and Reserve Handbook and TRICARE Overseas Program Handbook. Check out TRICARE Publications for more resources on specific plans and benefits. And share your thoughts with us by completing the publications survey.
 
Would you like the latest TRICARE news sent to you by email? Visit the TRICARE Subscriptions page today, and create your personalized profile to get benefit updates, news, and more.
Military Pharmacy technician smiles at patient

Military Pharmacies Restored to Full Operations ...

News
Apr. 11, 2024

Military pharmacies have returned to normal operations following a February cyberattack on the nation's...
Read More
Female Uniformed Service Member looks at mammogram images on a monitor with a keyboard.

The Power of Prevention: Get Cancer Screenings W...

News
Apr. 09, 2024

Catching cancer early is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from cancer. Routine...
Read More
Heart Health: BAMC incorporates lifestyle medicine into cardiac rehab program

Look After Your Heart With Help From TRICARE

News
Apr. 04, 2024

Keeping your heart healthy is important at every age. Catching heart disease early gives you the best chance...
Read More
Screenshots of the latest issue of the TRICARE Health Matters Dental Newsletter. Callout box with text says, "Catch up on the latest dental news! www.tricare.mil/newsletters"

Check Out the Latest TRICARE Dental Program News...

News
Apr. 02, 2024

The latest issue of the TRICARE Health Matters Dental Newsletter is now online. It's full of information about...
Read More
Woman in wheelchair looks at her daughter's phone

Q&A: How TRICARE Covers Durable Medical Equipment

News
Mar. 28, 2024

TRICARE covers a range of DME, so you and your family can make the most of this equipment if you need it.
Read More
Provider wearing white lab coat flips through papers with charts on clipboard.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule and Military Health Care:...

News
Mar. 21, 2024

Are you the parent or legal sponsor of a minor child? If so, there are things you should know about what...
Read More
Collage image that displays the cover of the TRICARE Choices in the United States Handbook in front of other TRICARE handbooks.

Get To Know Your TRICARE Options in the U.S.

News
Mar. 20, 2024

Are you new to TRICARE and wondering what your health, dental, and vision coverage options are? If you live in...
Read More
Infographic including stick figure typing on laptop and a speech bubble with prescription bottle. Text reads "Military Health System MHS GENESIS - Refills are here!"

New Feature of MHS GENESIS Patient Portal Allows...

News
Mar. 15, 2024

The Defense Health Agency has launched a new feature that lets you request prescription refills through MHS...
Read More

April 11, 2024

Military Pharmacies Restored to Full Operations After Change Healthcare Cyberattack

Military pharmacies have returned to normal operations following a February cyberattack on the nation's largest commercial prescription processor, Change Healthcare.

April 9, 2024

The Power of Prevention: Get Cancer Screenings With TRICARE

Catching cancer early is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from cancer. Routine cancer screening tests can find many common cancers before they cause symptoms.

April 4, 2024

Look After Your Heart With Help From TRICARE

Keeping your heart healthy is important at every age. Catching heart disease early gives you the best chance for treatment to work well—and TRICARE makes it easy to get the preventive care you need.

April 2, 2024

Check Out the Latest TRICARE Dental Program Newsletter

The latest issue of the TRICARE Health Matters Dental Newsletter is now online. It's full of information about the TRICARE Dental Program and oral health.

March 28, 2024

Q&A: How TRICARE Covers Durable Medical Equipment

TRICARE covers a range of DME, so you and your family can make the most of this equipment if you need it.

March 21, 2024

The HIPAA Privacy Rule and Military Health Care: What Parents of Minors Need To Know

Are you the parent or legal sponsor of a minor child? If so, there are things you should know about what access you have to your child’s health care records and choices. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Final Rule protects minors’ privacy concerning their health care choices and treatment.

March 20, 2024

Get To Know Your TRICARE Options in the U.S.

Are you new to TRICARE and wondering what your health, dental, and vision coverage options are? If you live in the United States, the TRICARE Choices in the United States Handbook is a great place to start.

March 15, 2024

New Feature of MHS GENESIS Patient Portal Allows Prescription Refills

The Defense Health Agency has launched a new feature that lets you request prescription refills through MHS GENESIS.

March 12, 2024

Maintaining Your Military Health Records Overseas

No matter where you live, it’s important for your electronic health record to be complete and up to date. For TRICARE Prime Overseas and TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas beneficiaries, there are processes that help make this possible.

March 11, 2024

DOD Amends Assisted Reproductive Services Policy for Severely Ill and Injured Active Duty Service Members

DOD amended its policy covering assisted reproductive technology services to expand access for severely ill and injured active duty service members.