TRICARE is the Department of Defense health benefit program for the military community. It consists of TRICARE Prime, a health maintenance organization; TRICARE Extra, a preferred-provider option; and TRICARE Standard, a fee-for-service plan.
The TRICARE Supplement Plan is secondary coverage to TRICARE. It pays the subscriber’s share of covered medical expenses under the TRICARE Prime (in-network), Extra and Standard options. Eligible participants have almost 100 percent coverage. Underwritten by Transamerica Premier Life Insurance Company, the plan is administered by Selman & Company.
Federal law requires that the plan be sponsored by an association, not an employer. The plan sponsor is the Government Employees Association (GEA). The TRICARE Supplement Plan is designed for TRICARE-eligible active employees and retired employees until they become eligible for TRICARE for Life, a Medicare supplement. It is an alternative to the State Health Plan.
PEBA does not confirm eligibility for the TRICARE Supplement Plan. Eligible individuals must be registered with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and must not be eligible for Medicare. You must drop your State Health Plan coverage to enroll in the TRICARE Supplement Plan.
More information about the TRICARE Supplement Plan, includes eligibility requirements, is located in the Health Insurance chapter of theInsurance Benefits Guide.