Reminder: TRICARE Fees Change in October

The 2013 fiscal year begins on October 1, 2012 and some TRICARE beneficiaries will see fee increases.


The 2013 Prime enrollment fee for Uniformed Service retirees is $269.28 and for retirees and their family members is $538.56. Retirees who were enrolled before October 1, 2011 will see a more significant increase since their enrollment fee remained at the 2011-levels when the fees increased last year.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2012 allows for the annual increase of TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for most retired beneficiaries based on the annual cost of living adjustment. 

  • If you were enrolled before October 1, 2011 you paid 
    • Individuals $230 per year 
    • Family $460 per year 
  • If you were enrolled on or after October 1, 2011 you paid 
    • Individuals $260 per year 
    • Family $520 per year 
  • Beginning October 1, 2012 you will pay 
    • Individual $269.28 per year 
    • Family $538.56 per year

Survivors of active duty deceased sponsors and Uniformed Services medically retired service members and their dependents are exempt from annual fee increases. Their enrollment fee is frozen at the rate in effect when they were classified and enrolled in TRICARE Prime. Their fee remains frozen as long as there is no break in their TRICARE Prime enrollment. 

Active duty service members and their families have access to TRICARE Prime with no enrollment fee.

Beneficiaries can opt to pay their enrollment fee monthly, quarterly, or annually. Before deciding to pay annually, beneficiaries should keep in mind that in most cases enrollment fees are nonrefundable and Congressional changes to fees in the 2013 budget could occur. For this reason, it’s recommended that beneficiaries pay their enrollment fee monthly or quarterly.


The Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP) offers temporary transitional health care coverage for 18 to 36 months after TRICARE eligibility ends. If you qualify, you can purchase CHCBP within 60 days of loss of eligibility for either regular TRICARE or Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) coverage. CHCBP acts a bridge between military health benefits and your new civilian plan. Premiums are paid quarterly and are adjusted at the beginning of the fiscal year. Beginning October 1, 2012 the quarterly premiums are $1,138 for individuals and $2,555 for families.

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