Tricare’s Young Adult retroactive coverage closing

| August 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tricare Public Affairs
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The opportunity to purchase retroactive Tricare Young Adult, or TYA, coverage expires Sept. 30.

Retroactive TYA provides coverage for young adults back to Jan 1, or the day they became eligible, if it was after Jan 1.

TYA allows eligible adult children to purchase Tricare coverage after their eligibility for regular Tricare coverage ends at age 21, or 23, if enrolled in a full course of study at an approved institution of higher learning.

TYA-eligible beneficiaries may choose to purchase retroactive coverage if they’ve had significant health care expenses that weren’t covered by other insurance.

Once enrolled in TYA, beneficiaries may file a claim for reimbursement of costs for covered care.

Additionally, young adults in the Continued Health Care Benefit Program, or CHCBP, may elect to purchase retroactive TYA coverage and receive a refund for their CHCPB fees.

Those interested in purchasing retroactive TYA coverage must ensure the regional or overseas health care contractor receives their application form by Sept. 30.

All premiums — both retroactive and the initial three-month payment — must be submitted with the application. The application and payment can be dropped off at a Tricare Service Center, or mailed or faxed to the regional or overseas health care contractor.

To be reimbursed for covered services, receipts for care must be included when a claim is filed.

TYA launched in May 2011, and it has shown a steady increase in enrollment numbers. As of July 31, almost 7,700 young adults have purchased TYA, which currently offers Tricare Standard coverage for $186 a month.

To qualify for TYA, uniformed services family members must be under age 26, unmarried and not eligible for their own employer-sponsored health care coverage.

A premium-based Tricare Prime benefit is scheduled to be available later in 2011.

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