What is TRICARE?

TRICARE is the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) worldwide healthcare program available to the beneficiaries in any of the seven uniformed services: US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries may include Active Duty Service Members (ADSMs) and their families, retired service members and their families, National Guard and Reserve members and their families, survivors, certain former spouses and others.

TRICARE brings together military and civilian healthcare professionals and resources to provide high-quality healthcare services. TRICARE is managed in two stateside regions: TRICARE East and TRICARE West.

In these US regions, TRICARE is managed by the Defense Health Agency (DHA). The DHA has contracted with civilian regional contractors in the East and West Regions to assist TRICARE regional directors and military hospital commanders in operating an integrated healthcare delivery system.