If you are an active-duty or retired military service member, you are automatically registered in DEERS, the computerized database tracking all military service members, retirees, spouses, and dependents entitled to TRICARE benefits.
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Updating DEERS Info Maintains TRICARE Benefits

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If you are an active-duty or retired military service member, you are automatically registered in DEERS, the computerized database tracking all military service members, retirees, spouses, and dependents entitled to TRICARE benefits. While you are automatically enrolled, your military family members must register in DEERS separately.

And most importantly: both you and your military family must consistently update your information to DEERS, in order to receive full TRICARE benefits.

WHEN TO UPDATE YOUR DEERS INFORMATION

If you are an active duty military service member and decide to re-enlist, separate, retire, or move, make sure your information gets updated in DEERS as soon as possible. If you neglect to update your DEERS information, you and your military family might experience an unexpected lapse in TRICARE health care coverage.

Changes that impact the status of your military family include marriage, birth, divorce, or death, and each event must be reported to DEERS in order that your TRICARE eligibility can be maintained. Official documents are required to add or remove family members, such as a marriage certificates, divorce decrees, or birth certificates.

DEERS MEDICAL NETWORKS

DEERS is used by military medical affiliates to provide accurate coverage for your medical expenses. For example, military network pharmacies determine your military TRICARE eligibility through DEERS. If your information is not accurate in the DEERS system, you may be denied prescriptions at your local pharmacy, even while you are eligible for coverage.

DEERS information must stay current not just for you, but for your entire military family. For example, a military dependent over 21 who is a full-time student is entitled to TRICARE, but must have current student status entered into DEERS to receive that full TRICARE coverage allowed to dependent military students.

When you or your military family member is Medicare-eligible, your DEERS status must be updated to reflect MEDICARE Part A and B in order for you to retain your TRICARE coverage. When you turn 65, the medical section of your military ID card may also need to be updated.

HOW UPDATE YOUR DEERS INFORMATION

Military service members can verify DEERS information by contacting your regional TRICARE support contractor, local TRICARE service center, or the nearest uniformed services personnel ID-card facility.
Maintaining correct DEERS information is critical; old or incorrect information often creates delays and problems with TRICARE claims.



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