Retroactive coverage closing for TRICARE Young Adult program

American Forces Press Service

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The opportunity to purchase retroactive TRICARE Young Adult, or TYA, coverage expires on Sept. 30. Retroactive TYA provides coverage for young adults back to Jan 1, or the day they became eligible if that was after Jan 1.

TYA allows eligible adult children to purchase TRICARE coverage after their eligibility for “regular” TRICARE coverage ends at age 21, or 23 if enrolled in a full course of study at an approved institution of higher learning.

TYA-eligible beneficiaries may choose to purchase retroactive coverage if they’ve had significant health care expenses that weren’t covered by other insurance. Once enrolled in TYA, beneficiaries may file a claim for reimbursement of costs for covered care. Additionally, young adults in the Continued Health Care Benefit Program may elect to purchase retroactive TYA coverage and receive a refund for their CHCPB fees.

Those interested in purchasing retroactive TYA coverage must ensure their application form is received by the regional or overseas health care contractor by Sept. 30. All premiums, both retroactive and the initial three-month payment, must be submitted with the application. The application and payment can be dropped off at a TRICARE service center, or mailed or faxed to the regional or overseas health care contractor.

To be reimbursed for covered services, receipts for care must be included when a claim is filed.