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Tricare Help: Retiree-to-be may register with DEERS as spouse

Mar. 10, 2011 - 04:47PM   |   Last Updated: Mar. 10, 2011 - 04:47PM  |  
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Answering your questions on Tricare.

I recommend that you call the DEERS support office at 800-538-9552 to confirm your Tricare eligibility and to get help with the administrative things that must be done for your enrollment. DEERS will answer all your questions about Tricare eligibility.

However, if your son and his fiancée delay their wedding, she will soon also be able to stay under her retiree parent's Tricare coverage through age 26 because the Defense Department has finally formalized its plan to bring Tricare in line with the national health care reform law enacted last year.

The new initiative, called the Tricare Young Adult Program, or TYAP, will offer Tricare Standard benefits. Enrollment is expected to begin later this spring. Once that happens, families with eligible dependent children will be able to obtain retroactive coverage to Jan. 1, officials said.

But again, to be eligible for that program, older dependent children must be unmarried. They also must not be eligible for their own employer-sponsored health insurance.

Premiums for the new coverage have not been announced.

Write to Tricare Help, Times News Service, 6883 Commercial Drive, Springfield, VA 22159; or">e-mail us. In e-mail, include the word "Tricare" in the subject line and do not attach files. Get Tricare advice anytime">on our blog.

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