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Health Care

Moving with TRICARE

When you move, TRICARE moves with you. It's there before, during and when you get to your next duty station. It's available worldwide. There are steps you need to take to make sure changes to your TRICARE coverage go smoothly. With your move, you may have to use a different TRICARE option.

Please note:

  • You and your family members have to show as TRICARE eligible in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS.
  • For TRICARE plan information, visit the TRICARE Plan Information Kits page.
  • Regional and overseas contractor information is available on TRICARE's Contact Us page.
  • Print out the TRICARE contact wallet card and keep it with you.
  • Always keep personal contact information current in DEERS, especially your address and email.

Prime options

Prime options in the United States

If you live in a Prime Service Area, then TRICARE Prime is an option for you. A Prime Service Area is usually within a 40-mile area of a military clinic or hospital. With Prime, you have a primary care manager, who may be a military or civilian doctor or a team of doctors, who manages your health care needs.

Some active-duty family members may enroll in the U.S. Family Health Plan, or USFHP. The USFHP offers a TRICARE Prime-like option in six areas of the United States. You'll get all care (including prescription drug coverage) from a network provider. With the USFHP, you can't get care at military hospitals and clinics or from TRICARE network providers (emergency exceptions). You have to work with USFHP when get care overseas. Visit the U.S. Family Health Plan page for more information.

If you don't live in a Prime Service Area, TRICARE Prime Remote is your other option. Eligible family members have to live with their active-duty sponsor (with some exceptions) to enroll in TRICARE Prime Remote. In most cases, your primary care manager is a network provider. If there's no local network provider, you can choose any TRICARE-authorized provider to act as your primary care manager.

Prime options overseas (including U.S. territories)

In overseas locations, you have two options for care:

  • TRICARE Overseas Program-Prime is for active-duty service members assigned overseas. Units are near military clinics and hospitals. To enroll in in the program, family members must be command-sponsored. Your primary care manager is a military provider or team of providers.
  • TRICARE Overseas Program-Prime Remote is available in certain remote overseas locations. It's for assigned active-duty service members and their command-sponsored family members. Your primary care manager is the overseas contractor who you contact through regional and country specific call centers.

Note: Active-duty service members must enroll in a Prime option.

When you know you're going to move, call your current TRICARE stateside overseas contractor. Find out if your new location is in a new region and talk about your TRICARE options.

Transferring your TRICARE Prime/Prime Remote coverage

When you move, your Prime options may change. You have to transfer your enrollment if you move to a different region. Some family members may have to disenroll and use TRICARE Standard. Options may vary for each family member. Remember, to enroll in a Prime option overseas, family members must be command-sponsored.

If you move within your current region, you still need to find out if your Prime option changes. You may only need to get a new primary care manager. Again, call your current TRICARE regional or USFHP contractor to talk about your move and your TRICARE options. Follow these steps to transfer your enrollment by phone:

  • Call your current TRICARE regional or USFHP contractor to transfer your enrollment or get a new primary care manager. The contractor will ask about you, your family, where you're moving to and the estimated date you'll get to your new duty station. Your current contractor then shares your information with your new contractor. If you only need a new primary care manager, they will work with you to make that happen. Your new contractor will call you within five business days of your expected arrival date to discuss your Prime enrollment and primary care manager options. Your enrollment transfer will be the day your new contractor calls and you agree to the transfer. It may take up to four business days to record your transfer. You will still have Prime coverage with your old region until the transfer is complete.
  • Update your address in DEERS as soon as you get to your new location, even if you're in temporary housing.
  • Log into milConnect to check on your enrollment. You can see who your primary care manager is and print out an enrollment card.

Note: Don't disenroll from Prime before you move.

Other ways to transfer your enrollment include:

  • Transfer your enrollment online using TRICARE's Beneficiary Web Enrollment Tool. The Beneficiary Web Enrollment Tool will be available in 2016 for those moving stateside from an overseas location. In the Beneficiary Web Enrollment Tool, you can set a date up to 90 days in the future as your enrollment transfer date.
  • Call your new contractor when you arrive in your new duty location. They can transfer your enrollment over the phone.
  • Download an enrollment form and mail it to the regional contractor for your new region. Remember to note the date you want the transfer to go into effect. Enrollment information for the USFHP is available on the U.S. Family Health Plan page.
  • Enroll when you in-process at your new duty location.

To learn more, visit the TRICARE Moving page.

TRICARE Standard and Extra

TRICARE Standard and Extra is an option for active-duty family members. You don't have to enroll—coverage is automatic as long as you show as TRICARE eligible in DEERS. With TRICARE Standard or Extra you can see any TRICARE-authorized provider, non-network or network. You pay a deductible and costs shares.

  • If you visit a non-network provider, you're use the Standard option. You may have to pay in full up front and file a claim for reimbursement.
  • If you visit a network provider, you're using the Extra option. You only need to pay your cost share at your appointment.

If you're a family member and don't want to enroll in TRICARE Overseas Program-Prime, or can't enroll because you're not command-sponsored, you have TRICARE Overseas Program-Standard. You can see any civilian provider (except in the Philippines).
If you want or have to use TRICARE Standard when you move, call the new regional contractor to disenroll from Prime when you get to your new location.

If you already using TRICARE Standard and Extra:

If you're in a new region, the claims address changes. Check the TRICARE Filing Claims page for your new mailing address.


TRICARE For Life is for those who have Medicare and TRICARE. You don't have to enroll - coverage is automatic as long as you show in DEERS as TRICARE-eligible and have Medicare Part A and Part B if needed. When you go to a Medicare doctor, show your Medicare and uniformed service identification cards. Your provider files your claims with Medicare. Medicare pays first and sends the claim to the TRICARE For Life claims processor. TRICARE then pays second for TRICARE-covered services.

If you're an active-duty family member, you don't have to have Medicare Part B to keep your TRICARE benefits. You must have Part B to keep TRICARE once your sponsor retires.

When you move, update your personal information in DEERS as soon as possible. To find a new provider:

  • If you are within the United States or in U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa or the U.S. Virgin Islands), you can search the Medicare Provider Directory or call 800-633-4227 to find a Medicare-certified provider. Visit the Medicare website or the TRICARE For Life website to learn more.
  • If you are at an overseas location, TRICARE For Life works a little differently. Medicare doesn't pay for care overseas, TRICARE is your primary payer. You may get care from any civilian provider. You pay up front and then file a claim with the TRICARE overseas contractor. You have to pay TRICARE Standard deductibles and cost shares. You can find a provider through the TRICARE Overseas website or call the overseas regional call center.

Getting care along the way

Before you move, take care of any routine medical needs, including immunizations. Fill your prescriptions so you have enough while traveling. TRICARE defines emergency care as "medical services provided for a sudden or unexpected medical or psychiatric condition or the sudden worsening of a chronic condition that is threatening to life, limb or sight and needs immediate medical treatment or a condition which has painful symptoms that need immediate relief to stop suffering." TRICARE defines urgent care as "medical care for a condition that will not result in disability or death if not treated immediately but should be treated within 24 hours to avoid further complications."

  • Emergency care when stateside – If you require emergency care while traveling in the United States, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Then call your primary care manager or regional contractor within 24 hours of being seen.
  • Urgent care when stateside – If you require urgent care while traveling in the United States, are using a Prime option and you're close to a military hospital or clinic, go there. You have priority access and you don't need a referral to be seen. Otherwise, if you have Prime, call or contact your primary care manager for a referral and authorization. If you don't get a referral and authorization before being seen, you'll pay the higher point-of-service deductible and cost share. If you have Prime Remote and don't have an assigned primary care manager, call the provider that acts are your primary provider or call your regional contractor.
  • Emergency care when overseas – For emergency care, go to the nearest emergency care location. If you're using TRICARE Overseas Program-Prime or Prime Remote, call International SOS Medical Assistance within 24 hours or on the next business day to get an authorization for the visit and needed ongoing care, and claims payment information.
  • Urgent care when overseas – For urgent care, go to the nearest military clinic or hospital if possible. Visit a U.S. embassy or call the overseas regional call center. You need an authorization before you see a civilian provider. The call center can help you find one. Without an authorization, you'll end up paying a higher point-of-service deductible and cost share. Your claim may be denied if you're an active-duty member. More information is available on the TRICARE Service Center and TRICARE Area Office websites.

If you're using TRICARE Standard or TRICARE For Life, you may get urgent care from any TRICARE-authorized provider. If it's after clinic hours or you're not sure if you need to see a doctor, call TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line at 800-874-2273.

Filling prescriptions while traveling

If you run out of a prescription drug while traveling, contact your military or civilian provider. If you have refills on a military clinic prescription, check to see if your prescription can be moved to and filled by another military treatment facility. If you have refills on your prescription with a major retail pharmacy chain, check with the chain to see if they can transfer your prescription to a local chain pharmacy. If you have refills on a drug you get through TRICARE home delivery, call the TRICARE pharmacy contractor to see what can be done.

  • If you are within the United States or in U.S. territories and a doctor puts you on a new drug, fill your prescription at a military pharmacy or TRICARE retail network pharmacy. If you are Prime and use a non-network pharmacy, you pay the higher point-of-service deductible and cost share. You may have to pay out of pocket for your drug(s). If so, file a claim with the TRICARE pharmacy contractor. If you are still in an overseas Prime option, you file your claim with the overseas contractor.
  • If you are at an overseas location, and a doctor puts you on a new drug, fill your prescription at a military pharmacy or go to a civilian pharmacy. You will likely have to pay out of pocket. You file your claim with the TRICARE overseas contractor, even if you are enrolled in a stateside Prime option.

Getting dental care while traveling

Getting dental care while traveling depends on your location and whether you are a service member or family member.

  • If you are an active-duty service member within the United States or in U.S. territories, you can receive dental care at a military dental clinic. Contact the Active Duty Dental Care Program before you see a dentist and tell the contractor about your move. You will need to get an authorization before you see a dentist. The Active Duty Dental Care Program will work with you so you can get care from a local network dentist. For dental emergencies, go to a military dental clinic if possible. If not, get care from any civilian network dentist and have the dentist give you paperwork showing what he or she did during the visit. Make sure you get the dentist's contact information and call the Active Duty Dental Care Program contractor immediately to let them know about your care so they can work with you to make sure they can pay the claim.
  • If you are an active-duty service at an overseas location, you can call the overseas regional call center to get authorization before you see a civilian dentist.
  • If you are an active-duty family member within the United States, in U.S. territories or at an overseas location, you can find out if any nearby military dental treatment facility treats active-duty family members. If you're enrolled in the TRICARE Dental Program, call the TRICARE Dental Program contractor or visit their website to find a provider. You will need to get an authorization before you see the dentist.

Permanent change of station for active-duty service members

With permanent change of station orders, ask for a copy of your medical and dental records from your personnel office, providers/dentists, and medical or dental clinics. Do this at least one month before your permanent change of station date. This way you may be able to carry records to your new duty station.

You may ask providers or the military clinic to transfer your family's medical records to the military hospital or clinic nearest to your new duty station. You may ask to have copies of their records to carry with you or them as well. (You may have to pay to get their records copied.) If you want someone else to be able to get medical or dental information on you or your family while you are moving, you need to complete a DD Form 2870, "Authorization for Disclosure of Medical or Dental Information."

Find more about moving, updating DEERS, the TRICARE regions, pharmacy, dental and much more through the TRICARE website or the TRICARE Moving page.

Installation Specific Information

Medical Care

TRICARE Pacific -- It is very important to ensure that your family members enroll in TRICARE Pacific upon arrival. To enroll, stop by the TRICARE Service Center and you will be provided information about the TRICARE Pacific program bldg. 1400  or by calling DSN 315-243-7144 or 011-81-46-816-7144. We also encourage you to update DEERs with your new address information.   DO NOT disenroll from your local TRICARE service region prior to transfer!  You may have to seek care in route to your next duty station.

United States Naval Hospital, Yokosuka (USNH) serves military and DoD civilian personnel throughout mainland Japan. In addition to the hospital in Yokosuka, USNH has branch clinics at Sasebo, Iwakuni, Atsugi, Yokohama (Negishi), Chinhae (Korea), and at Camp Zama Army Base.

The USNH staff includes several Medical and Surgical specialists. Some specialized non-elective treatment is beyond the capability of the Naval Hospital and patients must sometimes be sent to the U.S. via the Medical Air Evacuation (MEDEVAC) System or to Japanese hospitals for treatment.

Anyone with major medical problems or chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes or psychiatric disorders should not be allowed to travel to Japan. People with asthma, for example, can suffer terribly in the polluted atmosphere of the Tokyo area. Some cases are often aggravated by the occasionally high seasonal pollen count.  Please mention this health issues during your Overseas Medical Screening process along with what EFMP category you may be in. 

Emergency Care -- The hospital on Yokosuka base staffs a 24-hour-a-day Emergency Room (ER) which dispatches ambulances on base and off base for bonafide emergencies. They can be contacted at DSN 315-243-5137 or internationally at 011-81-46-5137. The ER sees patients by triage; patients are evaluated on arrival and will be seen based on the severity of their medical needs. For their safety and the safety of other patients, unattended children who are not patients should not be brought to the hospital.

Dental Care

Branch Dental Clinic, Yokosuka is co-located with Headquarters, United States Naval Dental Center (USNDC) Far East. The Dental Clinic is located on the second floor of the U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Building E-1400. You may reach the clinic at DSN 315-243-8808 or internationally at 011-81-46-816-8808.

This clinic treats shore-based active duty personnel and command sponsored family members of both fleet and shore personnel stationed in the Yokosuka area. Active Duty personnel attached to ships without dental facilities on board receive general dentistry care at the Fleet Dental Annex in the Fleet Recreation Center bldg. 3008 and may be referred to the Branch Clinic for specialty care.

Clinic Hours -- Normal hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Morning and afternoon sick calls are held for diagnosis and treatment of dental problems. In addition, a dental officer is on call for true dental emergencies which occur after-hours.

Dental Records -- To expedite the check-in process, it is recommended that all family members acquire a complete military dental record during the overseas screening process prior to transfering overseas.

In the event some specialties are not available at the Military Treatment Facility they may be available in the local Japanese community at costs which fluctuate with the dollar-yen exchange rate. TRICARE maintains a list of doctors and dentists to refer you too that are part of the TRICARE system in the surrounding communities.

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