How to Find Out If You Have TRICARE Prime or Standard

by Baptist Johnson ; Updated October 25, 2017
TRICARE provides health care to military personnel and their family.

TRICARE is a healthcare program for military personnel, retired veterans and their families. Within the TRICARE network, members can choose between several plans including TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Prime. Since TRICARE Prime requires enrollment, you should know whether you have TRICARE Prime. However, if you are unsure, there are a few people you can call for assistance.

Step 1

Contact a TRICARE professional contractor in your local region. A complete list of regional contractors can be accessed online at tricare.mil/contacts. Be ready with your personal information, such as name, Social Security number, Department of Defense Benefits Number, date of birth and insurance card.

Step 2

Contact the TRICARE Online call center at 1-800-600-9332. Be ready with your personal information, such as name, Social Security number, Department of Defense Benefits Number, date of birth and insurance card.

Step 3

Call the contact number on the back of your insurance card, if you have it in your possession. If you have lost your insurance card or you never received one, contact TRICARE directly at 1-877-TRICARE or 1-877-874-2273.

Step 4

Look at your TRICARE benefits card. The benefits offered by TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Standard are different. For instance, TRICARE Prime does not require a co-pay for outpatient visits for active duty service members. TRICARE Standard requires a 15 percent co-pay for outpatient visits for active-duty members.

About the Author

Baptist Johnson was first published in 2000 when a poem he wrote won first prize in a local writing contest. He also writes and edits for Etched Press Society, a micro-publishing company based in Wilmington, N.C. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from East Carolina University.

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