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TRICARE Changes and You

The Military Health System (MHS) is modernizing to better serve you and respond to changes in law and policy. Over the coming months and years, you will see some significant changes to the TRICARE health plan. Most provisions will go into effect on January 1, 2018, with full implementation occurring on January 1, 2019.

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TRICARE is changing. Are you ready?

What's changing?

Health Plans Other Changes

Key Dates to Remember

  • October 1, 2017: Update your payment information with your new regional contractor.
  • November 1, 2017: New network provider directories are available.
  • November 20, 2017: New call centers will be operational.
  • December 1, 2017: There will be an enrollment freeze lasting about three weeks.
  • January 1, 2018: You'll be notified if you're assigned a new primary care manager.
  • January 1, 2018: All Explanation of Benefits statements will be paperless.

Help Us Spread the Word

Use any of the materials linked below to help us educate others about the changes coming to TRICARE in 2018.

Preparing for the Changes

Electronic Public Service Announcements

Download these and customize with your own logo to help us spread the word.

Public Service Announcements

What can you do to prepare for the changes?

Want to learn more?

Tell Us What You Think

Send us your suggestions on information you want to know about the upcoming changes: tricarechanges@mail.mil

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