TRICARE is the health care program for service members, retirees, and their families around the world. It is managed by the Defense Health Agency, under leadership of the Assistant Secretary of Defense-Health Affairs.
TRICARE provides comprehensive coverage to all of its beneficiaries. This includes health plans, prescriptions, dental plans, and special programs.
Historically, health care for military personnel and their dependents was provided in military medical facilities, and also through a referral system by civilian medical practitioners in areas where military physicians weren’t available, or in instances of military medical facilities’ being overcrowded. Active duty military personnel always enjoy priority in military medical facilities.
History of TRICARE
After World War II and the Korean War, with the growth of U.S. military forces, access to care in military facilities started to become unavailable for military retirees and the dependents of active duty and retired military personnel. To address this problem, Congress passed the Dependents Medical Care Act of 1956, followed by the Military Medical Benefits Amendments of 1966. Both acts allowed the Secretary of Defense to contract with civilian healthcare providers.
In 1993, the DoD announced plans for implementing a nationwide managed care program for active duty military members, retired military, and their dependents. Under this program, known as TRICARE, the nation was divided into 12 healthcare regions, with a lead agent designated for each region to coordinate the needs of all military treatment facilities in that region. Under TRICARE, seven managed care support contracts were awarded to cover these 12 regions.
Since then, TRICARE has undergone several restructuring initiatives, including re-alignment of contract regions, Base Realignment and Closure, and the addition of “TRICARE for Life” benefits and “TRICARE Reserve Select” benefits. In January 1, 2018, the 12 TRICARE regions were consolidated into two large regions, TRICARE East and TRICARE West.
In the East (which includes Florida), service is provided by Humana Military Healthcare Services.
TRICARE in the Sunshine State
More than 20 drug and alcohol rehab programs in Florida accept TRICARE plans to cover the cost of addiction treatment. Many different detox programs are available along with medical detox services for addicts, which help addicts safely withdrawal off the drugs they were taking.
Finding the Most Appropriate Treatment
Studying up on insurance options can be overwhelming, especially if you or someone you know is suffering with addiction. Of course, knowledgeable advisors are available, and they can verify your insurance coverage and find the best treatment for you. Call your TRICARE provider and ask a representative about the details of your plan.