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RC families have limited TRICARE benefits



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RC families have limited TRICARE benefits
[11/9/2004]

Source: Army Family Publication

If you're a member of the Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve, you and your family members are eligible for TRICARE when you become activated and are issued orders sending you to active duty for a period of more than 30 consecutive days. You and your family are also eligible when you retire from reserve status and are age 60.

If a Reserve Component soldier dies on active duty, surviving family members continue to be eligible for TRICARE , under the same rules as the survivors of active duty soldiers.

If you, the sponsor, have been issued orders for a period of more than 30 consecutive days, your eligible family members may choose to receive health care through the Military Health System (MHS). In the MHS your family member will have access to the benefits included in two TRICARE health plan options, TRICARE Standard (CHAMPUS), and, if available, TRICARE Extra. If you have been issued orders for 179 days or more, your family members have the option to enroll in TRICARE Prime, if available in your area.

Also, upon becoming age 60 and completing the required service time -- 20 or more years of service, you and your eligible family members have the option to use TRICARE. Retired military personnel and their family members, aged 65 and over, are eligible to receive health care benefits under the Medicare system, and are not, at this time eligible for TRICARE. However, you are eligible for space-available care at a military treatment facility or clinic.

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