TRICARE is the uniformed services health care program for active duty and retired service members and their families, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families, survivors and other eligible beneficiaries. The uniformed services include the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
TRICARE replaced the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS) program in 1993.
TRICARE’s primary objectives are to optimize delivery of health care services in the Department of Defense's Military Health System and to achieve the highest level of patient satisfaction by delivering world-class health care.
TRICARE combines the health care resources of the uniformed services and supplements them with robust networks of civilian health care professionals, institutions, pharmacies, suppliers and other providers to provide access to high-quality health care services while maintaining the capability to support military operations and military readiness.
TRICARE is available worldwide and managed regionally in six separate TRICARE regions – TRICARE North, TRICARE South, TRICARE West, TRICARE Europe, TRICARE Pacific and TRICARE Latin America and Canada – jointly by the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) and TRICARE Regional Offices (TRO). TMA has partnered with civilian managed care support contractors in the North (Health Net Federal Services, LLC), South (Humana Military Healthcare Services) and West (TriWest Healthcare Alliance) to assist TROs and military base clinic Commanders in operating an integrated health care delivery system.