It’s that time of year again. TRICARE is conducting its second open season for its nearly 5 million eligible members and it will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 9.
During that time active duty family members, retired service members and their families can change their TRICARE plan, enroll in one or simply not take action. The plans will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
“This is the one extended period of time where you have the opportunity to change your TRICARE plan from Prime to Select or Select to Prime,” Francine Forestell, chief of TRICARE customer communications, said during a Thursday webinar hosted by Military OneSource. “If you have any intention to change your plan this would be the time to do it.”
Members can also change from individual plans to family plans or vice versa.
We want to “give our patients the opportunity to select the plan that best works for them,” then- Defense Health Agency Director Vice Adm. Raquel Bono said last year. “Some of our folks, depending on where they are or what family members they are covering — if they have children in school or young kids at home — may find certain benefits to being part of TRICARE Prime program or moving to TRICARE Select.”
Along with open season last year, dental and vision care for TRICARE retiree beneficiaries were transferred to the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program. Retirees can choose from 10 different dental carriers and four vision carriers. Signing up for vision and dental is a completely separate open season and not through the TRICARE system.