TRICARE for Active Duty vs Reserve Components
ACTIVE DUTY: TRICARE Prime is a managed care option offering comprehensive coverage at Military Treatment Facilities (MTF).
•Active Duty (AD) Service Members (SM) and their families
•Retired Active Duty (AD) Service Members (SM) and their families*
•Activated National Guard/Reserve members and their families
•Non-activated National Guard/Reserve members and their families who qualify for care under the (180 day) Transitional Assistance Management Program (Many Reserve Component (RC)Service Members (SM) with documented Service Connected (SM) Injuries, to include PTSD are denied access to this benefit despite many inquiries by Senator Wyden and others)
•Retired National Guard/Reserve members (AGE 60 and receiving retired pay) and their families*
Active Duty (AD) Service Members (SM) and their families have NO OUT-OF-POCKET costs for any type of care as long as care is received from the PCM or with a referral.
RESERVE COMPONENTS (National Guard and Reserves): TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) is a (PAID) health plan available worldwide for qualified Selected Reserve members of the Ready Reserve and their families.
•Not on active duty orders
•Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP)
Note: Those members in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) including Navy Reserve Voluntary Training Units (VTU) do not qualify to PURCHASE TRICARE Reserve Select. RESERVE COMPONENT SERVICE MEMBERS MUST QUALIFY to PAY FOR THESE BENEFITS in order to gain access to STANDARD MEDICAL TREATMENT even for Service Connected injuries covered under TAMP, Line Of Duty (AR 600-8-4) Care under the Military Medical Support Office (MMSO) Program
TRICARE Retired Reserve
TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) is a premium-based health plan for qualified retired Reserve members, their families and survivors.
ACTIVE DUTY: US Family Health Plan is an additional TRICARE Prime option available through networks of community-based, not-for-profit health care systems (Johns Hopkins and others) in six areas of the United States.
•Active duty family members
•Retired service members and their families*
•Family members of Activated National Guard/Reserve members
•Non-activated National Guard/Reserve members and their families who qualify for care under the Transitional Assistance Management Program ( Many Service Members do not gain access this benefit because they do not receive the proper documentation BEFORE their eligibility expires)
•Retired National Guard/Reserve members (age 60 and receiving retired pay) and their families*
A Reserve Component (RC) Service Member (SM): does not receive STANDARD treatment for an approved Service Connected injury/illness in accordance to the Warrior Transition Consolidated Guidance (Administrative) 2008,
and is Released From Active Duty (REFRAD) without receiving proper documentation in accordance with AR 600-8-4,
and does not receive redress from the offending command/commands under the auspices of an "Article 138 Complaint" after 2years, 3 Congressional Inquiries, and 1 Inspector General Complaint.
The Service Member may decide to PAY for TRICARE RESERVE SELECT so that they (Service Member) can access to the same STANDARD medical treatment at Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) that is provided to Active Duty Service (AD)Members (SM) and their Families; for their Service connected injury/illness to include PTSD.
However, if the Reserve Component Service Member wants treatment through the US Family Health Plan network (Johns Hopkins and others), although they as National Guardsmen and Reservists are PAYING for Treatment...they are NOT QUALIFIED for the same STANDARD access to Medical Care and Treatment as Active Duty Service Members....another disparity in ACCESS to Medical/Mental Health Care between National Guardsmen and Reservists....PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE 2013 JULY 4th!!!!