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News from Our Partners: TRICARE Select Group A Retiree Enrollment Fee Payments Due Now



Have you set up payment for your new TRICARE Select 2021 enrollment fees yet? If not, time is running out. If you’re a TRICARE Select Group A retiree, you must set up your payment by Dec. 31 if you want to have TRICARE Select or TRICARE Overseas Program Select coverage on Jan. 1, 2021. You’ll be disenrolled from TRICARE if your TRICARE contractor doesn’t receive your payment.
     
“The deadline is quickly approaching for those who still need to set up their TRICARE Select enrollment fee payments,” said Mark Ellis, chief of the Policy and Programs Section of the TRICARE Health Plan at the Defense Health Agency. “Setting it up only takes a few minutes. And it’s an easy process that you can complete online.”
     
You need to arrange payment with your TRICARE contractor through an allotment if you get your retirement pay through a military pay center. When you set up your allotment, you may be required to pay the first month or more of your enrollment fees before Dec. 31 to avoid a break in coverage. Don’t attempt to set up your allotment directly through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, or DFAS. You must apply through your TRICARE regional contractor.
     
Not able to pay by allotment? You must set up payment by electronic funds transfer from a U.S. bank account, credit card, or debit card. You may also be required to pay for one or more months of your enrollment fees before Dec. 31 to avoid a break in TRICARE coverage. If you need help, your TRICARE contractor can guide you step-by-step through the process: Remember, if you fail to set up your allotment or automatic payments by Dec. 31, you’re subject to disenrollment from TRICARE Select on Jan. 1. If you’re disenrolled because of non-payment, you’ll have 180 days from your termination date to request reinstatement. You’ll have to pay all enrollment fees back to Jan. 1, 2021 to reinstate TRICARE Select coverage. Without reinstatement, you can only get care from a military hospital or clinic if space is available. And you’ll be responsible for all of your civilian health care costs. Call your TRICARE contractor if you need to request reinstatement.
     
Don’t forget—Dec. 31 is your last chance to set up payment for your new enrollment fees. Your monthly payments start Jan. 1, 2021. To learn more, visit TRICARE Select Enrollment Fees or check out these frequently asked questions. And be sure to contact your TRICARE contractor if you have other questions. Take care of your new enrollment fees now, so you can continue to get your TRICARE benefit when you need it.

 
Page Updated Dec 16, 2020