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Open season is underway for TRICARE beneficiaries, and will extend through Dec. 13. During this time, eligible participants of TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select can enroll in the plan, alter the one under which they currently receive health-care coverage, or retain their current coverage.

Active-duty soldiers, and those covered by TRICARE’s Reserve Select, Retired Reserve, Young Adult and Continued Health Benefit programs need not do anything. Coverage for them will remain intact.

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People under age 65 who are entitled to Medicare Parts A and B and covered by TRICARE for Life have the option to enroll in TRICARE Prime if they live in a Prime Service Area. Beneficiaries age 65 and older who are participating in Medicare Parts A and B are automatically covered under TRICARE for Life.

Beneficiaries can enroll or change plans online through milConnect (click “Manage health benefits), by calling or mailing their enrollment forms to their regional TRICARE or USFHP designated provider, or in person at any TRICARE service center or USFHP designated provider.

Beneficiaries enrolled in any TRICARE plan or eligible for TRICARE for Life also can sign up for dental or vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

Vision coverage is available to active-duty family members, reserve component members and their family, retirees and their eligible family members, and TRICARE for Life beneficiaries.

Dental coverage is available for retirees and their family members, retired reserve-component members and their families, and TRICARE for Life beneficiaries.

More information is available on both the TRICARE and BENEFEDS web sites.

Beneficiaries are urged to ensure that their Defense Enrollment Eligibility System (DEERS) information is up to date.

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