TRICARE, FEDVIP Dental and Vision Rates 2024

TRICARE and FEDVIP Dental and Vision Rates 2024 Here are the dental and vision coverage costs in 2024 for the healthcare plans listed below. These rates do not necessarily apply to all beneficiaries. Read the fine print of your healthcare plan carefully. TRICARE is a healthcare insurance option offered to qualifying military members, their families,… Read more »

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How Much Will TRICARE Costs Increase In 2024?

How much should you expect in TRICARE fee increases in 2024? TRICARE open season for 2024 runs between November 13 and December 12 2023. During open season, servicemembers and their families can start, modify, or cancel health insurance without needing a qualifying life event. But even if you don’t need to add or change your… Read more »


What Is TRICARE For Life? TRICARE For Life is an additional medical coverage that applies to service members and retired service members who are enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B to help cover costs associated with medical care. TRICARE For Life applies to those who meet all qualifications to supplement medical costs not completely covered… Read more »

TRICARE Open Season 2023

TRICARE Open Season 2023 was the period of time when military families can change their TRICARE coverage without needing to justify a major life event like a birth or death in the family. Open Season has now closed. When Was TRICARE Open Season 2023? TRICARE Open Season is Nov. 13 through Dec. 12, 2023. Related:… Read more »


TRICARE Fee Increases for 2024

On November 7, 2023, TRICARE published its fees for 2024. The TRICARE official site notes, “… you may see changes to your TRICARE health plan costs starting on Jan. 1, 2024. These costs may include enrollment fees, premiums, cost-shares, and copayments.” There are increased costs for many options and plans for 2024. According to TRICARE.mil, … Read more »

TRICARE prime vs select

TRICARE Prime Versus TRICARE Select

There are two TRICARE options you can choose from when selecting your military health insurance coverage. One option is called TRICARE Prime, the other is TRICARE Select. Which option is right for you? It depends on the circumstances, as we’ll examine below. TRICARE Prime This TRICARE option is described on the official site as a… Read more »

TRICARE Adds Laboratory Developed Tests to Benefits

In the summer of 2023, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced an extension of a 2013 pilot program allowing the DoD to provide military members and their families with certain healthcare testing that fell outside FDA regulatory procedures. TRICARE has since made its own announcement, adding coverage for some testing previously offered in the pilot… Read more »

DoD Extends Healthcare Testing Pilot Program, Adds New Diagnostic Tests

UPDATE 8/29/2023:  TRICARE now covers several preconception and prenatal carrier screenings including some mentioned below. These are tests previously offered through the Laboratory Developed Test (LDT) demonstration program. These screenings are now part of the basic TRICARE benefit. In 2013, the Defense Health Agency introduced a pilot program to allow the DoD to provide military… Read more »


New TRICARE Pharmacy Contract

In October 2021, we reported a major departure from the TRICARE pharmacy network; the TRICARE partnerships with Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies ended when both left the network in 2021. That could have been the end of the story, but it was not. In October 2022, we reported another story about thousands of TRICARE beneficiaries… Read more »