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June 30, 2006
Enhanced TRICARE Reserve Select Open Season Begins Aug. 1 for the Selected Reserve

June 30, 2006
No. 06-24
 
FALLS CHURCH, Va.–TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) “open season” for Tier 2 and Tier 3 Selected
Reserve members is Aug. 1 through Nov. 25, 2006.  TRS is the premium-based
health coverage offered by the Department of Defense similar to TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra.  Last year, coverage (Tier 1) was only available to members of the National Guard and Reserve who served on active duty for more than 30 days in support of a contingency operation or after Sept. 11, 2001.
           
            The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 expands TRS
coverage to all qualified members of the Selected Reserve. 
 
Purchasing TRS coverage is a two-step process.  Step 1 is to qualify, Step 2 is the purchase.  First, members must contact their Reserve Component to validate their qualifications for Tier 2 or Tier 3 coverage.  After their Reserve Component has recorded their qualifications in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System,members may then login to the Guard-Reserve portal and print a personalized TRS request (enrollment) form to purchase member-only or member and family coverage.  The completed form and premium payment for coverage must then be submitted to the member’s TRICARE regional contractor by the applicable deadline for processing. 
 
 TRS Reserve Component qualification certification for Tier 2 and Tier 3 starts in July and ends Oct. 31, 2006.  Since the exact procedures to qualify for TRS Tier 2 and Tier 3 coverage may vary by Reserve Component, National Guard and Reserve members are encouraged to contact their unit or personnel office without delay for Service-specific guidance.
 
TRS Tier 2 and Tier 3 coverage begins Oct. 1, 2006, for members whose request form and premium is postmarked or submitted to a TRICARE Service Center Aug. 1 through Sept. 25, 2006.  TRS coverage begins Jan. 1, 2007, for members whose request form and premium is postmarked or submitted Sept. 26 through Nov. 25, 2006.  TRS Tier 1 members must contact their Reserve Component to obtain qualification guidance.
 
For additional information, members and family members may access TRS fact sheets, frequently asked questions, briefing slides and other educational materials on the TRICARE Web site at www.tricare.osd.mil/reserve/reserveselect.  To receive future TRS updates by e-mail as new information becomes available, members and family members may subscribe to www.tricare.osd.mil/tricaresubscriptions/.
 
About TRICARE Management Activity
TRICARE Management Activity, the Department of Defense agency that administers the health care plan for the Uniformed Services, retirees and their families, serves more than 9.2 million eligible beneficiaries worldwide.