Eligibility for TRICARE and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits

Veterans eligible for VA healthcare benefits and TRICARE are often referred to as dual-eligible. Eligibility for healthcare through the DVA for a service-connected disability is not considered double coverage. If an individual is eligible for healthcare through both the DVA and TRICARE, he/she may use either TRICARE or Veterans benefits. At any time a beneficiary may get medically necessary care through TRICARE, even if he/she has received some treatment for the same care through the DVA. However, TRICARE will not duplicate payments made by or authorized to be made by the DVA for treatment of a service-connected disability.

TRICARE eligibility