Additional TRICARE enrollment fees for retirees are coming soon

Elizabeth Howe
August 06, 2020 - 10:19 am



New enrollment fees are coming for thousands of retired TRICARE beneficiaries. 

Starting January 1, 2021, TRICARE Select Group A retired beneficiaries will begin paying monthly enrollment fees in order to maintain their TRICARE health coverage for the first time. 

"In 2021, some TRICARE beneficiaries will pay enrollment fees for the first time, a change mandated by Congress," Dr. Danita Hunter, director of the TRICARE Health Plan at the Defense Health Agency said in a press release. "We’re communicating this well before the change is implemented so beneficiaries can be informed about the change, as well as their TRICARE plan and cost options."

The additional fees were included in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Congress allowed the Department of Defense until 2021 to implement the fee. 

Group A includes service members who joined the military before January 1, 2018, while Group B includes those who joined after that date. Group B has already been paying enrollment fees. 

The enrollment fees will be collected via monthly installments from the sponsor’s military pay system where retired pay is disbursed. For individual plans, the fees are $12.50 per month and for family plans, the fees are $25 per month. Regional TRICARE contractors can assist in ensuring payments are set up appropriately before the January 1 start date. 

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