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All Active Duty personnel are automatically enrolled and must remain in TRICARE Prime. For all other eligible beneficiaries, the TRICARE program offers three options: Prime, Standard, and Extra.

TRICARE Prime is the premium health care option offered by military hospitals and clinics, supported by contracted civilian health care companies. To assure that adequate professional staffing and resources are available, an enrollment process is necessary. Enrollees selecting this option choose a military Primary Care Manager (PCM) to provide or arrange for their health care needs. The TRICARE Prime option offers the normal primary health service provided by a military hospital or clinic, plus additional wellness and preventive care services.

TRICARE Standard is a fee-for-service option that gives the greatest choice of civilian physicians, but this comes at the greatest cost. The cost of having this choice includes an initial amount, called a deductible, plus a percentage of subsequent charges, called cost shares

TRICARE EXTRA is similar to TRICARE Standard but offers discounts to patients when they use TRICARE network providers. This option allows beneficiaries to receive their care from civilian network providers at a reduced cost compared to TRICARE Standard. There are no claim forms to file — just pay your reduced cost share after satisfying the deductible. You may use a combination of the TRICARE Extra and Standard programs at any time, depending on whether you choose physicians inside or outside the network. There is no separate enrollment for either of these programs. Contact your Regional TRICARE Contractor to locate a network provider, hospital or pharmacy.

TRICARE Service Center is available in the Clinic on a walk-in bases Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The TSC is staffed with health care professionals who will assist you with choosing a TRICARE health plan, answering your benefits questions, making appointments for services at the 319th Medical Group, and providing claim information. For additional information about TRICARE, visit the TRICARE Online Web site at www.tricareonline.com or call Customer Service at 1-866-363-3932.

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