The mission of the Military Health System is to provide quality health support for the full range of military operations, with quality medical care through a network of providers, military treatment facilities, medical clinics and dental clinics worldwide.
TRICARE serves more than 9.2 million eligible beneficiaries worldwide in the Military Health System (MHS).
Do you fully understand your TRICARE benefits? Are you enrolled in the TRICARE coverage plan that best suits your military family's needs? Or are you somewhat confused by all the TRICARE coverage options, co-pays, deductibles, and acronyms?
TRICARE is an enormous military health benefits system, set up to benefit you; but many military servicemembers and their families are understandably unsure about TRICARE, because it is also a very complex health care system.
So if you don't fully understand TRICARE, you're not alone.
TRICARE is a regionally managed health care program for Active Duty, Activated Guard and Reserves, retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors. TRICARE Management Activity, managed by the Defense Department, administers the health care plan for the uniformed services, retirees and their families.
TRICARE brings together the health care resources of the Army, Navy and Air Force, with networks of civilian health care professionals. The goal of TRICARE is to provide better access to high quality healthcare service, maintaining the capability to support military operations.
Active Duty Guard and Reserve are automatically enrolled TRICARE Prime. However military dependents and retirees must choose the TRICARE option that best suits their needs.