TRICARE Young Adult (TYA)

TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) is a premium-based healthcare plan available for purchase by qualified dependents. Beneficiaries who are adult-age dependents may purchase TYA coverage based on the eligibility established by their uniformed services sponsor and where they live. TYA includes medical and pharmacy benefits, but excludes dental coverage.

Special eligibility conditions may exist. Beneficiaries may purchase TYA coverage if they meet all of the following conditions:

  • A dependent of an eligible uniformed services sponsor (If the beneficiary is an adult child of a nonactivated member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve or of the Retired Reserve, his or her sponsor must be enrolled in TRS or TRR to be eligible to purchase TYA coverage)
  • Unmarried
  • At least age 21 (or age 23 if enrolled in a full-time course of study at an approved institution of higher learning and if the sponsor provides more than 50 percent of the financial support) but have not yet reached age 26
  • Not eligible to enroll in an employer-sponsored health plan as defined in TYA regulations
  • Not otherwise eligible for TRICARE program coverage