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Medical Benefits

Subject to the installation commander’s determination of availability, eligible family members may receive inpatient and outpatient care, including pharmacy services at Uniformed Services medical treatment facilities where adequate services and facilities are available.

Eligible family members of active duty members who died while on active duty, who were on active duty for at least 30 days before death, will continue to be treated as active duty family members for three year after their active duty sponsor dies.  If you remarry someone outside the uniformed services, you are no longer covered.  If the marriage is annulled, you may be eligible for reinstatement after the annulment.

TRICARE is the Department of Defense managed health care program designed to improve beneficiary access to care, assure affordable and high quality care, provide choice, and contain costs to beneficiaries and the Department of Defense.  TRICARE offers eligible family members a choice of three health care options, prime, extra, and standard for seeking care under the TRICARE program.  Each option has different cost-sharing features and degrees of freedom for using civilian providers.  TRICARE service centers are established at or near each military installation to assist family members in obtaining care and services as necessary. TRICARE does not cover dependent parents and parents-in-law; however, they are eligible for care in the military medical treatment facility on a space available basis.  For more detailed information on TRICARE, contact the health benefits advisor at your nearest medical treatment facility.

TRICARE-Active Duty Family Members Dental Plan is the insurance plan that offers coverage for a wide range of dental services to the enrolled families of active duty sponsors. The dental plan is not a CHAMPUS program.  It provides dental care distinct from the care authorized under CHAMPUS which provides coverage for services directly related to identified medical conditions.  Civilian dentists provide the care under the Family Members Dental Plan.
Either the dentist or the patient may file claims with the civilian contractor operating the dental plan for the Uniformed Services.  Sponsors pay a portion of the monthly premiums by payroll deduction and pay a cost share for services provided.

If the deceased member was participating in the dental plan for eligible family members at the time of death, coverage for family members enrolled is extended for three year following the member's death.  For more information about the Family Members Dental Plan, contact your Casualty Assistance Representative or the health benefits advisor at your nearest military medical treatment facility.
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