Tricare Reserve Select Deadline Approaches for Some
American Forces Press Service
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 21, 2005 Oct. 28 is the last day for certain members and some former members of the National Guard and Reserve to purchase Tricare Reserve Select medical coverage.
TRS is a Defense Department program that offers comprehensive health coverage similar to that provided to active duty and retired servicemembers covered by Tricare Standard and Extra.
National Guard and Reserve members who served on active duty for more than 30 days in support of a contingency operation on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and whose last day of active duty service was on or before April 26, 2005, have until Oct. 28 to execute the Tricare Reserve Select service agreement or risk losing their opportunity to purchase TRS coverage based upon any active service that ended on or before April 26, 2005.
To purchase TRS coverage, members of the National Guard and Reserve must enter into a service agreement using Defense Department Form 2895 with their service or reserve component. After the service agreement has been executed and signed by the member and the service or reserve component, the member must submit a completed TRS enrollment application and one month's premium -- $75 for just the member or $233 for member and family member coverage -- to their Tricare regional contractor to enroll.
TRS coverage for these members and their covered family members begins the day the service agreement is signed by the service or reserve component, or the first day after health care benefits under the Transitional Assistance Management Program end for members, whichever is later, officials said.
Reserve-component members must obtain the service agreement and the TRS enrollment application through the TRS link on the Guard-Reserve Portal at www.dmdc.osd.mil/Guard-ReservePortal. Instructions are available on the Web site. Other TRS-related information, including a TRS handbook, reserve component contacts and a list of Tricare regional contractors are available on the Tricare Web site at www.tricare.osd.mil/reserve/reserveselect.
(From a Tricare Management Activity news release.)