TRICARE Young Adult Program on way

American Forces Press Service

FALLS CHURCH, Va – Qualified TRICARE dependents up to age 26 can soon purchase TRICARE coverage on a month-to-month basis. To qualify to purchase TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) coverage, dependents must be under 26, unmarried and not eligible for their own employer-sponsor health coverage.

TYA will initially offer a premium-based TRICARE Standard benefit with a premium-based TRICARE Prime benefit phased in later this year. Eligible family members who receive health care services between Jan. 1, 2011 and when the program is implemented can purchase TYA coverage retroactively to Jan. 1, 2011. Beneficiaries should save their receipts.

Premium costs will be announced prior to start of enrollment later this spring. Once premiums are determined, TYA-eligible beneficiaries should explore all of their health care coverage options to choose a plan that makes sense for them.

For more information about TYA visit