TRICARE Benefits Improve For Called-Up Reservists
The DoD is helping to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses for Reservists mobilized to support operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. Families of Reservists ordered to active duty for more than 30 days are eligible for TRICARE Extra and TRICARE Standard with an annual deductible and a 15 to 20 percent cost-share, depending on whether the provider is authorized or within the provider network. Under the TRICARE Reserve Family Demonstration Project, if the sponsor is ordered to active duty for more than 178 days, the family may qualify for TRICARE Prime (the Health Maintenance Organization option) or TRICARE Prime Remote . The TRICARE Standard and Extra deductible will be waived for care of families of Reservists activated since Sept. 14, and TRICARE Standard will pay 115 percent of what is usually allowed for care under existing guidelines.
The change may allow Reservists' family members to continue with their provider (if the provider is authorized) and reduce out-of-pocket expenses. The demonstration project also waives the need for Reservists' families to obtain nonavailability statements for inpatient or specialty care.