Tricare Prescription Copay 2021

Posted : admin On 1/1/2022

The biggest change Tricare Select members will see in 2021 is the addition of an enrollment fee for Group A retirees. This fee didn't exist prior to 2021. Group A Tricare Select users with single. TRICARE For Life (TFL) is TRICARE’s optional health plan that is designed for military members and retirees who are also Medicare beneficiaries. Territories, Medicare serves as the primary coverage for people enrolled in both programs, and TRICARE offers secondary coverage. You will be redirected in 9 seconds to the updated TRICARE Formulary Search tool. This site is no longer available to use. This page was last updated on.

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Note: Visit our Copayment and Cost-Share Information page for 2020 costs.

View the cost information below for active duty family members (not including TRICARE Young Adult) with sponsors who enlisted before Jan. 1, 2018.

Active duty service members must be enrolled in a TRICARE Prime plan and do not have any enrollment fees, out-of-pocket costs, network copayments or Point of Service fees.

TRICARE PrimeTRICARE Select
Enrollment Fees$0$0
Annual Deductibles$0E-4 and below: $50/individual, $100/family
E-5 and above: $150/individual, $300/family
Catastrophic Cap$1,000 per calendar year$1,000 per calendar year

Note:Point of Service cost-shares and deductibles may apply to TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote beneficiaries (excluding active duty service members).

Tricare Prescription Copay 2021

Annual deductibles apply to outpatient services only.

Type of CareTRICARE Prime
TRICARE Select
Ambulance - Outpatient$0Network Provider: $70
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Ambulance - Inpatient$0Network Provider: 20%
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Ambulatory Surgery$0Network Provider: $25
Non-Network Provider: $25
Ancillary Services$0Network Provider: $0
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Durable Medical Equipment$0Network Provider: 15%
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Emergency Room$0Network Provider: $93
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Home Health Care$0$0*
Hospice Care$0$0
Hospitalization (includes mental health)$0$20.15 per day
($25 min charge)
Laboratory and X-Rays$0Network Provider: $0
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Maternity Care - Inpatient Delivery Setting
$0$20.15 per day
($25 min charge)
Office Visits - Primary Care$0Network Provider: $22
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Office Visits - Speciality Care $0Network Provider: $34
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Outpatient Mental Health Visits$0Network Provider: $34
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Partial Hospitalization$0Network Provider: $34*
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Preventive Services - Eye Examinations$0Network Provider: $0
Non-Network Provider: 20%
Preventive Services - Alll Other Covered Services$0$0
Residential Treatment Center$0$20.15 per day
($25 min charge)
Skilled Nursing Facility$0$20.15 per day
($25 min charge)
Urgent Care Services$0Network Provider: $22
Non-Network Provider: 20%

*Costs may apply for durable medical equipment (DME) and medications/drugs.

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**Copayment information is calculated per day for partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient treatment. Opioid treatment program services copayment is applied on a weekly basis.

Many costs will be relatively stable in the coming year for military families in Tricare, and pharmacy costs won’t increase, according to new fee information from the Defense Health Agency’s Tricare website.

The notable exceptions are enrollment fees for Tricare Retired Reserve, Tricare Young Adult, and retirees in Tricare Select Group A. As previously reported, monthly enrollment fees are rising sharply for those in Tricare Young Adult, and retirees in Tricare Select Group A must start paying an enrollment fee in 2021.

Active duty families in Tricare Select will see increases of up to a few dollars in the cost-shares they pay for health care for certain services in 2021.

Across the board, pharmacy costs won’t change for all beneficiaries.

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Some costs related to non-network inpatient hospitalization care haven’t yet been determined, and are expected to be released in December.

Active duty families in Tricare Prime only pay for care when they get care without a referral, or use non-network providers without authorization, or use a pharmacy other than a military pharmacy. There are no charges to active duty members for any type of health care.

There are differences in some costs for populations based on when the sponsor entered the military. Those who entered before Jan. 1, 2018, are considered Group A. Those who entered on or after Jan. 1, 2018, are considered Group B. It’s based on the Fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which implemented Tricare reform. The law required that retirees in Group A start paying the enrollment fee, but delayed it until 2021. This doesn’t apply to those in the Tricare for Life plan.

By law, DoD is required to raise certain beneficiary out-of-pocket cost shares by an amount based on the annual cost of living adjustment, or COLA, for retirees. The COLA is 1.3 percent for 2021.

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There are about 4.9 million DoD beneficiaries enrolled in Tricare Prime plans, and about 2.1 million enrolled in Tricare Select plans.

Some examples of changes, based on information pulled from the Tricare website’s cost comparison tool, which can also be used for research for the upcoming enrollment open season, from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14:

Enrollment fees: Those in the Tricare Young Adult program will pay $459 per month for Prime, an increase of 22 percent; or $257 for Select, an increase of 12 percent.

• “Gray area” retirees using Tricare Retired Reserve will see enrollment fee increases by about $40 a month for individuals, to $484.83 a month; and by about $99 for families, to $1,165.01 a month. That’s an increase of nearly $1,200 a year for families. There are currently about 3,858 gray area reservist retirees under age 60 with Tricare Retired Reserve plans that cover about 10,400 people. Premiums for Tricare Young Adult, Tricare Retired Reserve and Tricare Reserve Select are set based on analyses of the actual costs in the previous year.

• In addition, the previously reported new Tricare Select fee for retirees in Group A goes from 0 to $150 a year for individuals and $300 for families.

• Of most other Tricare plans with enrollment fees, increases ranged from $3 to $10, depending on the plan. There are no enrollment fees for active duty families in Prime or Select.

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Deductibles: These costs stay the same, or increase by amounts ranging from $1 to $8, depending on the plan. There is no deductible for active duty families in Prime.

Catastrophic cap: The catastrophic cap is the most amount of money you pay out of pocket each year for services covered by Tricare, before Tricare will start picking up 100 percent of the cost. It’s increasing for beneficiaries in most Prime and Select programs, except for Tricare for Life, where it remains at $3,000; active duty families in Prime and Select who are in Group A, where it remains at $1,000; and retirees in Tricare Prime, Group A, where it remains at $3,000.

The biggest increase in catastrophic cap is for retirees in Tricare Select, Group A, where it increases from $3,000 to $3,500. That means these retirees will now pay an extra $500 out of pocket before Tricare will start picking up 100 percent of the cost.

Family members of active-duty sponsors who entered the military after Jan. 1, 2018, will see their catastrophic cap increase by $14, from $1,044 to $1,058, whether they are in Prime or Select, as do those in several other Tricare plans.

Primary care visits: Most costs stay the same, except for retirees in Prime, both Group A and B, with an increase of $1 (to $21) for in-network visits.

Tricare Prescription Copay 2021 Schedule

Urgent care: Where there are changes, the increases are by $1.

Mental health outpatient/partial hospitalization: Most costs stay the same, except for $1 increases in some plans.

Emergency care: Where there are changes, the increases range from $1 to $7.

Pharmacy costs are staying the same through 2021 for all beneficiaries:

• Generic (Tier 1) drugs are at no cost at a military pharmacy; for home delivery they are $10; at a network retail pharmacy they are $13.

Tricare Prescription Copay 2019

• Brand-name (Tier 2) drugs are at no cost at a military pharmacy; for home delivery they are $29; at a network retail pharmacy they are $33.

Tricare Prime Prescription Copay

Again, these are but a few examples; more information is available at the Tricare cost comparison tool.