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Were You One of the Many Vets Dropped from Tricare Select? Here's What to Do
As a result of new mandatory fees implemented for Tricare Select, around 124,000 military retirees and their family members recently lost their coverage starting January 1, 2021.
While a number of beneficiaries have already reinstated their coverage, there are still many more who need to.
If you happen to be one of the many veterans who lost your coverage, you still have time to reinstate it if you desire to.
Currently you have until the end of June to reinstate your coverage, according to the Defense Health Agency.
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Anyone who is dropped from Tricare Select will have access to direct medical care only at a military treatment facility, and only if space is available. Claims for medical treatment after Dec. 31 will be denied. The good news is that coverage can be reinstated within 180 days (end of June) if back enrollment fees are paid, and claims will be paid retroactively to Jan. 1. Defense officials extended the reinstatement period from 90 days to 180 days; advocates want that extended to a year and senators have introduced legislation to that effect.
Tricare contractors have been contacting these beneficiaries about their lapsed coverage and newly required payment. Defense Health Agency officials are asking beneficiaries to let their Tricare contractor know if they have chosen not to continue their Tricare Select coverage, and are purposefully declining coverage.
Multiple Senators are working to extend the grace period for reinstating lost coverage.
They have introduced a proposal that seeks to extend the reinstatement period until the end of 2021. Currently the grace period for reinstatement concludes in June.
Regarding the proposed legislation, Sen. Joe Manchin stated, “This extension helps ensure no retired service member is left without health care coverage, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The new fees that went into effect are $12.50/month for individuals. For families, it is $25/month.