Payments

TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve Payment Option Changes

Recent changes to the TRICARE policy now requires TRS and TRR beneficiaries to establish an automated method for payment of monthly premiums and discontinues the acceptance of checks as a form of monthly payment.  TRICARE's new policy, which began on January 1st, 2013, was temporarily suspended for the West Region and given a new effective date of April 1st, 2013 to align with the contractor transition.

If you have not enrolled in an automated payment method with UnitedHealthcare, now is the time to act.  The two accepted payment methods available to you are Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your bank account or a Recurring Credit Card (RCC) payment.  Enroll in one of these methods by going to  TRICARE Fee and Payment Forms for the West Region  to obtain the Electronic Payment Authorization Form.

For TRS & TRR beneficiaries, failure to comply with the automated method of payment requirement will result in suspension of coverage and a 12 month lockout will be applied from the last paid-through date.

If you had previously authorized an automated payment method with Triwest Healthcare Alliance, your authorization did not transfer to UnitedHealthcare.  A signed Electronic Payment Authorization form is required for UnitedHealthcare to establish your recurring automatic payment deduction.

TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Young Adult

Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) have additional payment options available to select from. 

Annual Payment option - TRICARE PRIME ONLY

You will pay the annual payment in one lump sum.  Upon submission of your enrollment form, we will prorate the fee from your enrollment date to September 30th.  After that, your annual payment is due on October 1st of each year.  No form is necessary to elect this payment option and you will receive a billing statement in the mail approximately 20 days in advance of the payment due date.  Payment by Credit Card is required for the annual payment option.

Quarterly Payment option - TRICARE PRIME ONLY

Quarterly payments are equal to 1/4 of the annual fee amount. Upon submission of your enrollment form, we will prorate the quarterly fee to cover the period until the next fiscal year quarter (January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, or October 1st).  After that, your quarterly payment is due at the first of each quarter. No form is necessary to elect this payment option and you will receive a billing statement in the mail approximately 20 days in advance of the payment due date.  Payment by Credit Card is required for the quarterly payment option.

Monthly Payment Options

Monthly payments are equal to one-twelfth (1/12) of the total annual fee amount.  Monthly enrollment fees must be paid-through an automated, recurring electronic payment either in the form of an allotment from retirement pay or through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFTs) from the enrollee's designated financial institution (which may include a recurring credit or debit card charge). These are the only acceptable payment methods for the monthly payment option.

Monthly Allotment from Retirement Pay

Your monthly TRICARE Prime enrollment fees will be deducted from your retirement pay. You must receive your retirement pay from Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Coast Guard, or Public Health. You will not receive billing statements or have to worry about late payments. To start an allotment, please go to TRICARE Fee and Payment Forms for the West Region to download the Allotment Authorization form, and return it to UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans.

If you had previously authorized Allotment from Retirement Pay with Triwest Healthcare Alliance, your authorization has transferred to UnitedHealthcare and no action is required if you wish to retain this payment method.

Monthly Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) & Recurring Credit Card (RCC)

The accepted monthly payment methods available to you (in addition to Allotment from Retirement Pay) are Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your bank account or a Recurring Credit Card (RCC) payment.   Enroll in one of these payment methods by going to TRICARE Fee and Payment Forms for the West Region to obtain the Electronic Payment Authorization Form. 

If you had previously authorized an automated payment method with Triwest Healthcare Alliance, your authorization did not transfer to UnitedHealthcare.  A signed Electronic Payment Authorization form is required for UnitedHealthcare to establish your recurring automatic payment deduction.