10/9/2012 - FALLS CHURCH, VA -- To avoid losing coverage, beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve who pay monthly premiums by check need to switch to an electronic form of payment before Jan. 1, 2013.
Starting next year, TRICARE will only accept TRS and TRR monthly premium payments using recurring automatic payments by credit or debit card, or by recurring electronic funds transfer from a linked bank account. To avoid confusion, beneficiaries should verify that their bank sends electronic funds transfer payments.
The Defense Manpower Data Center is notifying current TRR and TRS beneficiaries directly by email. New beneficiaries will be informed in their welcome package information when enrolling.
Electronic payments streamline account management and ensure continuous coverage for beneficiaries. Failure to pay premiums by the due date results in termination of coverage.
Beneficiaries can contact their regional contractor to set up automatic payments and get more information. Contact information for each region is available online at www.TRICARE.mil/contacts.
TRS and TRR are premium-based health plans. TRS is available for eligible members of the Selected Reserve - Air Force Reserve Command unit reservists and individual mobilization augmentees - and their families. TRR can be purchased by retired Reserve members, their families and eligible survivors of deceased retired Reserve sponsors. For more information about TRS or TRR, go to www.tricare.mil.