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Command Sponsorship: A New Requirement for Active Duty Family Member Enrollment In the TRICARE Overseas Program Prime

July 12, 2006
No. 06-27

FALLS CHURCH, Va. TRICARE policy requires active duty service members with overseas orders to verify command sponsorship for accompanying family members for enrollment in TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) Prime, including TRICARE Global Remote Overseas (TGRO). The policy also requires family members to reside with their sponsor to be eligible for enrollment into TOP Prime.

Beneficiaries may seek command sponsorship through Service personnel channels. If service families without command sponsorship move overseas, they may pay costly out-of-pocket health care expenses, as they are only eligible for TRICARE Standard, TRICARE Plus and space-available care at military treatment facilities.

When TRICARE Standard beneficiaries seek care overseas, they may have to pay the entire bill at the time of service and then file a claim for reimbursement with TRICARE. Under TRICARE Standard, family members must pay an annual deductible and cost shares each time they get care outside of the military treatment facility.

If command-sponsored families enrolled in TOP Prime or TGRO have a newborn or adopt a child while overseas, they may enroll the child in TRICARE Prime.

Sponsors that bring non-command sponsored family members with special medical needs to an overseas location with no specialty support for those needs may put their family member at unnecessary health risk.

For more information, beneficiaries may contact their overseas TRICARE Service Center listed at www.tricare.osd.mil/overseas/index.cfm or the TRICARE Area Office serving their overseas region listed below. Beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinators are also available to help at www.tricare.osd.mil/bcac/.

Includes Europe, Africa and the Middle East TRICARE Area Office Europe
Unit 10310, Bldg. 214
Sembach AB, Germany
APO, AE 09136

Commercial Phone
Toll-Free from CONUS:
1-888-777-8343, option 1
DSN 496-6312/6314
Includes Japan, Korea, Guam, the Western Pacific and the Far East TRICARE Area Office Pacific
PSC 482, Box 2749
FPO AP, 96362-2749

Toll Free: 1-888-777-8343 option #4
Comm: 011-81-6117-43-2036
DSN: 643-2036
TRICARE Latin America and Canada
Includes all of Latin America, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands TRICARE Area Office Latin America & Canada
38th Alley, Bldg. 38716
Fort Gordon, GA 30905-5650

Commercial Phone 1-706-787-2424
TLAC toll free #: 1-888-777-8343, option #3
DSN 773-2424