Q. How does the Affordable Care Act affect TRICARE?
A.The Affordable Care Act has no direct effect on TRICARE since a different set of statutes under the authority of the Department of Defense and the Secretary of Defense apply to TRICARE. Eligibility, covered benefits, cost shares and all other features of the TRICARE program remain in place.
The new health care law requires that every citizen in the U.S. have minimum essential coverage by 2014. If you are a TRICARE beneficiary, TRICARE may help you meet this requirement.
If you’re using TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, TRICARE Prime Overseas, TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas, TRICARE Standard and Extra, TRICARE Standard Overseas, TRICARE For Life, TRICARE Reserve Select, TRICARE Retired Reserve, TRICARE Young Adult or U.S. Family Health Plan, you have the minimum essential coverage required by the health care reform law.
You don’t need to take any action at this time unless you’re considering other health coverage.
If you have Transitional Health Plans you also have minimum essential coverage if you are covered by either the Transitional Assistance Management Program or the Continued Health Care Benefit Program
If you don’t have minimum essential coverage or are only eligible for care at military hospitals and clinics and are not covered by any other TRICARE plan as listed above, you don’t have minimum essential coverage.
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