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Supplemental Health Care Program (SHCP)

The Supplemental Health Care Program (SHCP) offers benefits for services provided by civilian doctors. Active duty service members whose duty assignment is within 50 miles of a military hospital or clinic may be eligible for care under SHCP.

Who is eligible?

  • Active duty service members (except those enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote)
  • Military hospital inpatients referred for civilian healthcare when the military hospital retains responsibility for the patient
  • Including:
    • Participants in the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program (CCEP) with authorization by the military hospital or clinic
    • Reserve component personnel
    • ROTC students, cadets and midshipmen
    • Foreign military

SHCP covers any healthcare service as long as the military hospital or clinic refers the patient or the military Service Point-of-Contact (SPOC) authorizes the care. For covered services, active duty service members do not pay:

  • Cost-shares
  • Copayments
  • Annual deductibles

The SPOC also acts as a liaison between the active duty service member and all members of the healthcare process, from the civilian healthcare professional to the claims processor.