Affordable Care Act

TRICARE is Minimum Essential Coverage

The TRICARE program is considered minimum essential coverage. If a beneficiary is using any of the following health plan options, they have the coverage required by the health care reform law:


•TRICARE Prime Remote

•TRICARE Prime Overseas

•TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas

•TRICARE Standard and Extra

•TRICARE Standard Overseas


•TRICARE Reserve Select (if purchased)

•TRICARE Retired Reserve (if purchased)

•TRICARE Young Adult (if purchased)

•US Family Health Plan


TRICARE beneficiaries have minimum essential coverage if they are covered by either of these transitional health plans:

•Transitional Assistance Management Program (premium-free, 180 days)

•Continued Health Care Benefit Program (if purchased, 18-36 months)

For information on the Affordable Care Act and TRICARE, including downloadable resources, visit