Oct. 16, 2020 —
Are you prepared for TRICARE Open Season? Being prepared means knowing what health plans you’re eligible for, what changes you can make, and understanding which plans are best for you and your family. Join the “How to Prepare for TRICARE Open Season” webinar on Oct. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to learn about open season and your options.
“If you’re looking to make a change to your current health, dental, or vision coverage, your chance to change your coverage is right around the corner,” said Mark Ellis, chief of the Policy and Programs Section of the TRICARE Health Plan at the Defense Health Agency. “During the webinar, we’ll discuss how you can participate in open season if you’re eligible.”
TRICARE Open Season begins on Nov. 9 and ends on Dec. 14. Coverage starts on Jan. 1, 2021. During open season, you may be eligible to enroll in a TRICARE Prime option, including the US Family Health Plan (USFHP), or TRICARE Select. You can also change plans, or switch between individual and family enrollment. If you want to stay in your current health plan with no change, you don’t need to re-enroll. You’ll continue in your current health plan through next year or as long as you’re eligible.
However, starting Jan. 1, 2021, most TRICARE Select Group A retirees and their family members will have to pay monthly enrollment fees in order to maintain their TRICARE Select coverage next year. This means you’ll need to set up a monthly payment plan. Learn more about this new change and the actions you can now take for setting up your payment.
Got questions? You can learn the differences between plans, like TRICARE Select, TRICARE Prime, and USFHP by checking out the TRICARE Plans Overview. You can also compare plan features using the Compare Plans Tool. As outlined in the TRICARE Costs and Fees Sheet and Compare Costs Tool, costs between the plans differ.
The Federal Benefits Open Season also occurs between Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. If you’re eligible for dental or vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), this is the time to consider enrolling in a plan. If you’re already enrolled in a FEDVIP dental or vision plan and you don’t want to make a change, your enrollment will automatically continue in 2021. Remember that this is a separate enrollment from TRICARE Open Season. Check out the FEDVIP website to learn more.
To help you prepare for open season, don’t miss the Oct. 29 TRICARE webinar. A Q&A led by the presenter will follow the presentation. Registration for the webinar is on a first come, first served basis. Register today.