TRICARE Announces Future Changes to Prime Service Areas (PSAs)
TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) announced its decision to reduce TRICARE Prime Service Areas (PSAs). This will start October 1, 2013. Active Duty service members and their families, along with activated National Guard and Reserve members, will NOT be affected by this change.
The change in PSAs is part of the TRICARE T-3 contract proposal released in 2007. The T-3 contract did not require TRICARE Managed Care Support Contractors (North, South, or West) to develop PSAs in areas remote from Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs). It is important for beneficiaries to note that TMA is requiring the change in PSAs, not the TRICARE Managed Care Support Contractor in your TRICARE region. According to TMA, the PSA reduction will save the Department of Defense an estimated $45-56 million a year.
TMA is providing updates on their TRICARE PSA website. For more information, you can sign up for email updates on the TRICARE PSA website.
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